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UPDATE: 2 Firefighters Hurt In Joppa Hardware Store Blaze

Firefighters were ordered out of the flaming building in Joppa Tuesday evening.

Two firefighters were injured while battling a blaze at Anderson Hardware in Joppa. (Photo Courtesy Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company)
Two firefighters were injured while battling a blaze at Anderson Hardware in Joppa. (Photo Courtesy Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company)
UPDATE: (2:04 a.m.)—Flames enveloped Anderson Hardware in Joppa Tuesday evening, closing westbound lanes on U.S. Route 40 to traffic and injuring two firefighters.

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Around 6:30 p.m. firefighters from the Joppa-Magnolia and surrounding volunteer fire companies responded to a fire call at Anderson Hardware in the 900 block of U.S. Route 40, or Pulaski Highway, in Joppa, according to a post on Harford County Md Fire & EMS PIO Media Page.

The injured firefighters, both members of the Aberdeen Proving Ground fire department, were transported to local hospitals with "minor" injuries, according to a news release from the Joppa-Magnolia Fire Company.

The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire, according to the release.

The release added that "the fire escalated to the equivalent of three alarms," and required 80 first-responders and some 31 pieces of equipment. 

Westbound lanes on Pulaski Highway west of Maryland Route 152 were closed to traffic because of the fire, according the official Joppa-Magnolia Fire Company Twitter page.

The lanes were reopened to traffic shortly before midnight, according to the official Joppa-Magnolia Twitter feed.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal was investigating the incident, according to the Joppa-Magnolia Fire Company.

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Patch editor Sean Welsh contributed to this article.

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