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UPDATED – Raw video: PGFD in action at Laurel, MD fuel company’s garage fire.

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Video above and immediately below by Billy McNeel (Billy McNeel) from this evening’s wind whipped building fire in Laurel, Maryland. Additional video below by Laurel PIO Pete Piringer (the headline of this story really should have been that Pete knows how to take video and upload to YouTube).

The fire was at the Laurel Oil and Heating Company. Just before 9:00 PM PGFD Chief Marc Bashoor tweeted the following:

On scene Laurel Fuel Co fire – no hazmat ACTUALLY involved. Under control

From PGFD Chief Spokesman Mark Brady:

Firefighters battled a fire at the Laurel Fuel Oil and Heating Company on Wednesday evening that caused significant damage to the business.  At around 7:00 pm firefighter/medics were alerted to a building fire at 101 Main Street.  Fire/EMS units arrived on the scene to find a 2-story building with offices on the first floor and an apartment on the second floor with an attached 100 X 75 garage with fire showing from the garage.

A “Task Force” was sounded bringing additional firefighters, support vehicles and incident commanders to the scene.

It was quickly determined that the garage housed three home heating oil delivery trucks.  First arriving firefighters attempted an initial interior attack on the fire and then evacuated the building to regroup.  The bulk of the fire was knocked down from the exterior using master stream devices before returning to an interior attack.  It required about 45 minutes for 75 firefighters to knock down the fire.  Firefighter/Medics from Prince George’s, Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties operated on the fire ground.

One firefighter sustained a shoulder injury while battling the fire.  He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation with a preliminary fire loss estimated at $750,000 for the building and it’s contents.

Clarence Williams, The Washington Post:

A large fire broke out in a garage at a Laurel oil and heating business Wednesday evening, forcing authorities to shut down parts of Route 1 in the city, officials said.

Firefighters responded to the Laurel Oil and Heating Company in the 100 block of Main Street about 7 p.m. and found heavy fire in a garage that houses fuel trucks, said Mark Brady, a Prince George’s County fire department spokesman.

The business was closed at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

From City of Laurel spokesman Pete Piringer (description with Pete’s YouTube clips above & below):

Just before 7p on Wednesday, March 6, units from the Laurel VFD and Laurel Rescue Squad were dispatched to 101 Main St for a building fire. Approx 100 firefighters from PG, Montgomery, Anne Arundel & Howard Counties responded. There were no injuries. The fire involved a garage area attached to the Laurel Heating & Fuel Company. Damage is significant.

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