Fire damages Silver Spring grocery store

A fire caused significant damage Tuesday night at a grocery store and forced the evacuations of at least two stores at a Silver Spring shopping center, Montgomery County fire officials said.

The blaze broke out in aisle in the middle of the store in the 12000 block of Cherry Hill Road in the Calverton area just before 8 p.m., said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a fire department spokesman. The store’s sprinkler system kept the fire in check and it too firefighters about 10 minutes to extinguish it, Garcia said.

Authorities evacuated the store and a Kohl’s nearby, as a precaution, officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Garcia said. The store will remain closed as fire and health inspectors evaluate the damage and if food can be handled safely in the store due to the damage.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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