Commercial building is evacuated for fire in Hanover

HANOVER, Md. - The most vulnerable got out.  MGH Adult Medical Day Care was one of six suites that had to leave the Bristol Business Center on Candlewood Rd. in Hanover near the airport following a fire on Friday.

About 100 employees were forced out.  No one was injured, but carbon monoxide reached a dangerous level.

"We jumped quickly in our cars and moved them," said Cindy Thorpe, an employee inside the building.             

Thorpe and Maureen Brown work inside.  They saw thick smoke when they ran out.

"We saw the smoke coming out of the top of the building on the end.  We got in our cars and we came over here," said Brown.  

Another woman shared her pictures.  Several fire departments were on scene assisting Anne Arundel County.  The call came out around 9:30 a.m. Friday when employees noticed an electrical odor.

"We have observed some spot fires coming up through the asphalt, have had some spot fires within the building which have been extinguished using dry chemical," said Lt. Russ Davies, Anne Arundel Co. Fire Dept.

About three hours later, the building is turned back over to the tenants.  The fire secured the area, but the power was shutoff as the work continues to figure out exactly what happened.

"Our business closed.  But we were just hanging around to see what's going on,” said Brown. 

A spokeswoman for BGE said they are going underground to determine the cause.

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