Fire damages Storage USA in Riviera Beach 65 firefighters respond to 3-alarm blaze that takes 3 hours to control

August 22, 1998|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

A three-alarm fire at a Riviera Beach storage facility last night injured two Anne Arundel County firefighters, brought out 65 firefighters and took more than three hours to bring under control, fire officials said.

The fire at Storage USA in the 8900 block of Fort Smallwood Road caused about $180,000 in damage, said John Scholz, an Anne Arundel fire battalion chief.

The blaze, which damaged about 30 storage units, broke out about 5: 30 p.m. when a light bulb was left on near combustible materials in a storage unit, Scholz said.

"These are very, very narrow units, very close together," Scholz said. "It absolutely could have spread quickly."

One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation and another for exhaustion at North Arundel Hospital, he said.

The fire was brought under control at 8: 40 p.m.

Scholz said 15 fire engines, three firetrucks and several other emergency vehicles were called to the scene.

He said that after the fire was extinguished, firefighters emptied dozens of storage units to make sure the blaze would not reignite.

Pub Date: 8/22/98

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