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A truck trailer caught fire at the Giant Food store in Olney on Saturday night, sparking impressive flames, but no injuries.

Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department firefighters headed to the Georgia Avenue supermarket shortly after 10 p.m. Chief Michael Kelley said the first unit found fire and smoke coming from a trailer that was parked at the loading dock behind the building. A second alarm was called for more help.

Kelley said Monday the cause is still under investigation and that store security personnel will review videos to help determine how the fire may have started.

“The building’s sprinkler system did activate, which prevented the fire from extending into the store’s interior,” he said. “The trailer was a total loss and the roof over the loading dock was moderately damaged.

Kelley said the actual dollar loss has not been determined, as it is unknown how much food was spoiled by smoke and/or loss of power to the building.

Giant Food spokesman Jamie Miller confirmed that the company is still assessing the loss, which includes some product damage and the trailer.

The store reopened at 6 a.m. Sunday.

“We were able to get the back room cleaned up, and the fire department authorized us to reopen the next morning,” Miller said.

There were no injuries, although one firefighter was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Units from Kensington, Laytonsville, Rockville, Gaithersburg and Burtonsville assisted the Sandy Spring department.

The last trucks left the scene at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

thogan@gazette.net