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Prince George's County asphalt plant fire extinguished

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LAUREL, Md. (AP/WJLA) - A fire at an asphalt plant in Prince George's County has been extinguished.

Dozens of firefighters and hazardous materials specialists responded to the blaze Thursday night at the Laurel Asphalt Plant at 5401 Van Dusen Road in Laurel. It was put out after midnight Friday.

Because the fire occurred in an area without fire hydrants, firefighters used more than 1000 feet of hose to connect to the nearest hydrant, which was a half-mile away. Water tankers were also used to combat the blaze. All together, the fire required 52 firefighters, incident commanders and hazardous materials personnel to extinguish.

Fire officials say the fire involved vehicles used to produce and transport asphalt products, and a building that contained a conveyor belt was also on fire.

No one was injured, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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