OAKVILLE, Wash. — At least two buildings were destroyed and a Washington state highway was closed for hours by a massive fire overnight in a Grays Harbor County town.

KOMO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2tgvZSs ) that fire crews responded to the blaze in the town of Oakville, Washington, just before midnight Tuesday.

Firefighting efforts shut down Highway 12 between Newton and Pine streets until about 7 a.m. Wednesday, when the roadway reopened.

The roaring flames destroyed a hardware store, a liquor store and possibly a home next door, according to witnesses.

There was no official word on the cause of the blaze, nor was there any immediate word on possible injuries.

Crews are continuing to fight the still-smoldering blaze.

Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/

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