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Two dead, several firefighters injured in Chesapeake Beach fire

 

UPDATED April 4

Chesapeake Beach, MD - Deputy state fire marshals have concluded their origin and cause investigation.  Based on the extensive damage to the structure, the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.  However, it has been confirmed that the fire originated on the exterior of the structure and is not considered suspicious.

The two bodies are still in the process of being identified.  Once that information becomes available, it will be released.   The Calvert County Sheriff's Office continues to work closely with the Office of the State Fire Marshal to bring this to a conclusion. 

The State Fire Marshal, Brian Geraci reminds everyone to have an escape plan for their home.  He also wants to remind everyone how IMPORTANT it is to PROPERLY DISCARD smoking materials.


UPDATE Thursday, April 4 from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office

Chesapeake Beach, MD - Deputy State Fire Marshals are currently on the scene conducting an origin and cause investigation of a late afternoon fire that occurred on April 3.

At approximately 4:14 p.m., North Beach Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding companies were dispatched to 3889 Gordon Stinnett Avenue, Calvert County for a structure fire. Fire Department units arrived and located heavy fire conditions in multiple townhouses.  A second alarm was requested bringing additional units from Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.

Shortly after the arrival of the units a collapse of the structure occurred.  Several firefighters were injured, all non-life threatening. Three firefighter’s sustained burns and one had a shoulder injury. All firefighters were from the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department and all have been treated and released from the hospital.

Crews quickly learned there were at least two residents who could not be located.  Subsequently, two residents were located deceased within the collapsed fire debris.  Both victims have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsies.  At this time a positive identification of both victims is pending.          

Approximately 17 people have been displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. It is reported by witnesses that the fire started on the exterior of the building and therefore, there was no sprinkler and no smoke alarm activation.   Damages are estimated to be at $1,000,000.The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is providing assistance with the investigation. 

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A message from the Town of Chesapeake Beach

The recent tragic events in Chesapeake Beach have led to an outpour of community members, civic organizations and local businesses seeking a channel to help the families impacted by the recent fires.

Listed below are ways you can help:

Chesapeake Beach Town Hall will collect gift cards for purchases of clothing, personal items and groceries. Gift Cards can be dropped off at Town Hall from 8:30-4:30 pm. After hours donations can be placed in the secure drop box.

The Northeast Community Center is collecting water, clothing and non-perishable food items, during open hours. American Legion will also be collecting the same donations from 12-8 pm daily.

CVS Pharmacy will be providing contributions of personal items.

Donations can be made to Red Cross. Click Here. Donors can specify the community for funds to be contributed locally.

Local businesses are encouraged to notify Chesapeake Beach Town Hall if they are organizing a fund drive.

CHESAPEAKE BEACH TOWN HALL
8200 Bayside Road, P.O. Box 400
Chesapeake Beach, Maryland 20732
Phone: (410) 257-2230 or (301) 855-8398
 


UPDATE Wednesday evening

Chesapeake Beach, MD - Several regional news agencies are reporting the deaths of two residents as a result of the Wednesday, April 3 fire that caused heavy damage to town homes in Chesapeake Beach. The two-alarm fire was initially reported at 4 p.m.

An official report on the tragedy has not been released by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

Earlier this evening Chesapeake Beach town officials released this statement

“The Mayor, Town Council and Town staff are incredibly saddened by the damage encountered within our community today and joins the Board of County Commissioners in extending our deepest condolences to the families and first responders involved in this afternoon’s fire. The Town’s Department of Public Works, County Department of Public Safety, Fire and Rescue EMS volunteers are commended for their quick response and support of those in need of immediate care.  The American Red Cross is currently working to provide additional support to those impacted. The Town of Chesapeake Beach and the Board of County Commissioners will continue to coordinate to ensure support continues. We will provide updates to the community as we have more information.”

Mayor Pat "Irish" Mahoney told TheBayNet.com that the displaced residents are being temporarily sheltered at the county-owned Northeast Community Center, which is a short distance from the fire scene.

Late last night the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department reported that three injured firefighters who were transported to area hospitals "have been released and are safe with their families."


Chesapeake Beach, MD - Fire erupted late Wednesday afternoon, April 3 in a Chesapeake Beach townhouse complex, creating chaos in the bayside town. The blaze destroyed and heavily damaged units on Gordon Stinnett Avenue. Initial reports were dispatched around 4 p.m. A short while later cries of “may-day” could be heard from a firefighter inside one of the structures, which local fire officials say collapsed. Three firefighters were reported injured with one being flown to a regional burn center.

It is not known at this time by authorities if all of the residents of the complex are accounted for and safe.

A second alarm was dispatched about 30 minutes after the initial call. In addition to Calvert County, crews from Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties responded.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office arrived at the scene at about 6 p.m. to conduct an investigation.


Chesapeake Beach, MD - At 4:15 p.m. fire and rescue authorities in Calvert County reported a structure fire on Gordon Stinnett Avenue. There are reports the building--a townhouse--is collapsing and crews have been ordered out.  

The Calvert County Sheriff's Office said the road is shut down due to the blaze. Motorists in the Twin Beach area are advised to use caution.

A helicopter landing site is being set up at Kellam Field. It is believed two injured individuals are being flown to trauma centers. The Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department indicated there may be a person trapped in the structure.

At approximately 4:40 p.m. a second alarm went out and crews from Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties are en route.

Mark Brady of the Prince George's Fire Department reports units from Forestville and Croom have been dispatched to the Chesapeake Beach blaze.

There is a report of an injured firefighter and at least one transport to a burn center.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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