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One firefighter was hospitalized and $750,000 in damages were done at a Laurel oil business after a blaze broke out there Wednesday night.

Prince George’s fire officials said the Laurel Fuel Oil and Heating Company building at 101 Main Street caught fire around 7 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames coming from the large garage of the two-story building that housed offices and an apartment, said Mark Brady, chief spokesman for the fire/EMS department.

While battling the fire from the inside, firefighters discovered the garage housed three home heating oil delivery trucks. Firefighters evacuated and continued extinguishing the fire from the outside, fire officials said.

A “task force” was called in to bring additional firefighters and apparatus to the scene, Brady said.

The fire required about 75 firefighters from Prince George’s, Howard, Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties to extinguish, which took about 45 minutes, according to fire officials.

One Prince George’s firefighter sustained a shoulder injury while battling the fire and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation. Brady said the blaze accounted for roughly $750,000 in damages to the building and contents.