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UPDATE: Fire damage to shut Marlo Furniture store for about a month

ROCKVILLE, Md. — A fire late last month at Marlo Furniture's store here led to damages that will keep the showroom closed for about a month.

Mark Stuart, president of Brandywine, Md.-based Regency Furniture, which acquired the four-store Marlo earlier this year, told Furniture/Today, "First and foremost, no one (from the store) was injured."

He said it appears to have been an electrical fire that started inside one of the walls of the showroom. It caused extensive damage, and the store will likely be closed between four to six weeks for remodeling, he said.

He said it's too early to put a cost estimate on the repairs.

The Associated Press reported that the July 25 fire was on the retailer's the roof and second floor and shut down the busy Rockville Pike for about an hour during rush hour.

Stuart said Marlo is moving all employees and managers at the roughly 90,000-square-foot store to its other locations, and is planning some special advertising for a fire sale while the damaged store in remodeled.

"It will be a lift for everybody," he said, "It will keep everybody working, and why not turn it into a positive?"


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