Fire damages North East-MD area used car dealership, apartments

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A fire damaged a used car dealership in North East, MD. Several residents were displaced from apartments at the site.

A team of Deputy Maryland State Fire Marshals is continuing their investigation into the three-alarm blaze at Reb’s Used Cars at 513 Mechanics Valley Road.

A trooper from the Maryland State Police Aviation Command was the first to arrive at the 4:16 p.m. fire and sawfire within the detached garage of the dealership.

The fire quickly spread throughout the garage. Investigators attributed the rapid growth of the fire to an open garage door as well as a large quantity of tires and flammable products throughout the shop.

The business, owned by David Carder, consists of an approximate 40-foot by 60-foot detached garage, as well as a two-story building with offices on the first floor and three apartments located on the second floor.A vehicle was in the garage at the time of the fire.

Nearly 50 firefighters responded from Cecil and Harford counties as well Pennsylvania and controlled the blaze within two hours.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the garage, although crews reported extensive heat, soot and water damage at the adjacent office and apartments.

There were no reported injuries. A total of nine people are displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross as a result of the fire.

Early estimates to the loss of the structure and contents are valued at nearly $200,000.00

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