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UPDATED: Fire Ruins Convenience Store in Federalsburg

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The Stop-N-Go convenience store on 521 S. Main St. is shown after a Friday morning fire. (Photo: WBOC) The Stop-N-Go convenience store on 521 S. Main St. is shown after a Friday morning fire. (Photo: WBOC)
WBOC NewsWatchers Paul and Debby Lambert took this photo of the fire. WBOC NewsWatchers Paul and Debby Lambert took this photo of the fire.

FEDERALSBURG, Md.- The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating an early Friday morning fire that ruined a convenience store and a nearby building in Federalsburg.

The fire occurred at the Stop & Go convenience store and gas station located at
521 and 523 S. Main St. The blaze was called in at approximately 3:50 a.m. by a passerby.

According to investigators, the fire heavily damaged two connected masonry structures. The 50-foot by 70-foot structure housed the Stop & Go convenience store. A nearby 45-foot by 50-foot structure was currently vacant and advertised for lease.

Gas pumps and fuel tanks were not compromised during the fire, according to investigators.

An estimated 75 firefighters from eight fire companies took approximately an hour and a half  to control the four-alarm blaze. One firefighter with the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company received a small laceration near his eye and was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del., for treatment.

Deputy State Fire Marshals are investigating the origin and cause of the blaze. Investigators have not yet called the fire suspicious. However, hints of arson are visible, as someone spraypainted on the rear door of the store the words "You Will Burn B****." 

Charlie Ruf, who owned the property for the last 62 years, and leased the building out to the owners of the convenience store, said it was fortunate that nobody was hurt. He said he plans to demolish the property in the near future.

Anyone with information about this fire is asked to contact the Upper Eastern Regional
Office of the State Fire Marshal at (410) 822-7609 or the Fire/Arson Hotline at 1-800-492-7529.

 

 

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