DUNDALK, Md. (AP) — Officials still have not determined what caused the two-alarm fire that destroyed a Dundalk crab shack.

The fire broke out about 7:25 p.m. Sunday in Ross’ Crab House. Manager Cindy Reidnauer tells The Baltimore Sun that the blaze grew quickly from being undetectable to out of control.

Reidnauer says customers helped carry a woman in a wheelchair out of the restaurant.

Baltimore County fire officials say 33 trucks responded to the blaze. The cause has not been determined.

One firefighter was treated at a local hospital for elevated blood pressure and released.

Ernst, who has worked at the restaurant since she was 13, estimates rebuilding will reach into seven figures.  The original structure with its cinder-block walls have to be torn down. And none of the $100,000 worth of improvements that Ernst added as recently as February — including new cookers and a freezer — can be salvaged.

The restaurant has been open since 1960.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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