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Fire raged for hours at Plank Road grocery store Wednesday morning

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BATON ROUGE - A store was partially torn down Wednesday as firefighters tried to bring a fire at the business under control.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department tells WBRZ the fire broke out around 4 a.m. at Brother Moe's/ Ann's Grocery store on Plank Road. It took over five hours for crews to get the flames under control.

The department said firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof of the building to vent out smoke so they could find the source of the flames. Firefighters had to clear out of the building after the roof collapsed.  

Crews ultimately had to tear down an exterior wall to reach the fire inside. 

Nearby residents say it was one of the only spots in the area where they could find groceries.

"You could go your regular cold drinks, snacks, they sold liquor too," said Walter Davis, who lives nearby. "There is none close by. you have to get out of the neighborhood."

It's still unclear what ignited the flames. Officials say no one was hurt.


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