Vacant supermarket damaged in fire at Brooklyn Park shopping center

March 03, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

County fire officials are investigating the cause of a three-alarm fire that caused minor damage at a vacant grocery store at Southview Shopping Center in Brooklyn Park yesterday afternoon.

The blaze was reported about 4:15 p.m. in the vacant building at Hammonds Lane and Ritchie Highway, which had housed several supermarkets over the years. Within 15 minutes, two more alarms were sounded. More than 70 firefighters from nearly a dozen fire stations responded to the scene, said Capt. Michael Cox, a fire department spokesman.

One firefighter suffered a minor foot injury when debris fell on him as he entered the store, Cox said. He was treated at North Arundel Hospital.

Cox said firefighters brought the fire in the two-story building under control about 4:45 p.m., preventing it from spreading to two adjoining vacant stores.

The fire appears to have started at the rear of the building, which had electrical power and some furnishings, Cox said. No estimate of the damage was immediately available.

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