Fire officials say drugstore blaze Sunday in Riviera Beach was arson

March 28, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A fire at a Riviera Beach drugstore has been determined to be arson, Anne Arundel County fire officials said yesterday.

The blaze began about 2: 30 a.m. Sunday on the loading dock behind the CVS on Fort Smallwood Road, said Fire Battalion Chief John M. Scholz.

Because the fire is under investigation, Scholz declined to release the details of how it might have been ignited.

"Right now, there are no suspects," he said.

The fire spread to a tractor-trailer parked behind the loading dock and caused smoke damage to the interior of the drugstore and a nearby supermarket, Scholz said. The trailer was severely damaged.

It took about 35 firefighters nearly an hour to control the blaze. All the businesses, including the drugstore, opened for business Sunday, he said.

Damages have not been calculated, Scholz said.

Fire officials ask anyone with information about the fire to call 410-222-TIPS.

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