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Posted at 09:01 PM ET, 02/07/2012

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

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

Authorities evacuated the store and a Kohls nearby, as a precaution, officials said. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Garcia said. The store will remain closed while fire and health inspectors evaluate the damage.

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