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Fire ignites at Laurel oil business

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.

After firefighters entered the garage, they discovered three home-delivery oil trucks inside and officials evacuated firefighters and attacked the fire from the exterior at about 7:40, Brady said.

“Fortunately ... we got water on it quick enough that there were no explosions,” Brady said.

Authorities closed northbound Route 1 at the intersection of Main Street while about 75 firefighters from Prince George’s, Howard and Anne Arundel counties battled the blaze. They brought the fire under control in about an hour, but as of 8:20, they were still dealing with hot spots inside.

The business is near the Marc station, but officials said the fire had no impact on the station.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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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