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Posted at 9:14 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Fire erupts above food court

By Dan Morse

Montgomery County firefighters needed about 45 minutes Monday morning to control a fire in the ceiling and roof area above the food court at Westfield Wheaton Shopping Plaza in Wheaton.

One firefighter and two others, possibly mall employees, were evaluated on the scene for non-life threatening injuries, according to initial reports. The mall is expected to be open today, but the food court may be closed, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters were called to the mall, 11160 Veirs Mill Road, at 7:19 a.m. for a reported fire in the food court, near the JCPenney store, Garcia said. They arrived to find fire in and around duct work above at least two of the food establishments. Smoke was coming from the roof, but flames appear to have never penetrated the roof, Garcia said.

Working from above the mall, firefighters sawed into the roof to battle flames above a drop-ceiling, Garcia said. Nothing at the scene appeared suspicious, he said, but fire investigators were trying to find out how the fire started.

By Dan Morse  | February 7, 2011; 9:14 AM ET
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Montgomery  
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