Electrical fire shuts down Forest Drive Safeway no injuries reported

December 05, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Safeway Food & Drug store on Forest Drive closed yesterday after a small electrical fire in a back room knocked out all telephone and power lines to the store, Annapolis fire officials said.

Officials said they hope the store will open today because the damage was minimal, but that might not happen unless an emergency generator is brought in to restore power.

"We hope to re-open the store in the next couple of days, but we're optimistically hoping it'll be tomorrow," Greg TenEyck, director of public affairs for Safeway Inc., said yesterday. "It shouldn't be a dramatic effect yet since we've only missed one day so far, but we're trying to minimize any further loss."

Firefighters were called to the store about 6 a.m. and found a small fire in an electrical room in the back, said Capt. Leonard Clark, department spokesman. The fire was brought under control within an hour. Clark said about 15 employees were in the store at the time of the incident, but no one was injured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

"We're not sure how much damage was done," Clark said. "Electrical engineers are still examining the power room, and some food had to be discarded."

Pub Date: 12/05/97

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