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UPDATE: Cause Determined In Multi-Alarm Solomons Fire

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UPDATE: The Office of the State Fire Marshal, in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, has concluded the cause of last night's multi-alarm fire that caused nearly 3 million in damages was an accident.

Investigators determined a candle being used by a homeless person taking refuge inside a camper trailer located to the rear of the building ignited combustibles before spreading to the adjacent structure. The subject inside the 25-foot trailer was able to escape and temporarily fled from the area.

Investigators worked throughout the night and into the early morning hours and identified the 38-year-old man after being transported to a local hospital for an unrelated medical emergency.

Firefighters were dispatched to 13860 HG Trueman Road in Solomons around 10:45 p.m. for a building fire. Firefighters arrived to find the shopping plaza located just before the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge ablaze. It took nearly 4-hours and multiple fire departments from Calvert, St. Mary's, Charles, and Prince Georges counties to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported, and firefighters were successful in rescuing two pets from Solomons Veterinary Medical Center.
The investigation continues, and Deputy State Fire Marshals will consult with the Calvert County State's Attorney's Office relating to the subject trespassing onto the property.

SOLOMONS, Md. - As the sun begins to rise in Southern Maryland, Deputy State Fire Marshals are beginning to get a clearer picture of last night's devastating multi-alarm fire in Solomons.

Around 10:45 p.m. on May 24, firefighters were dispatched to 13860 HG Trueman Road for a building fire. Firefighters arrived to find the small strip mall located just before the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge ablaze. Multiple fire departments from Calvert, St. Mary's, and Charles counties responded to the scene to assist in bringing the fire under control. Firefighters were successful in rescuing two pets from Solomons Veterinary Medical Center. No injuries have been reported.

Excavators have been brought to the scene to assist with removing heavy debris to assist investigators with determining the origin and cause of the fire. Initial reports included witnesses hearing an explosion before the fire; however, this has not been confirmed.

The business affected are Solomons Veterinary Medical Center, Patuxent Adventure Center, Vintage Treasures and Used Furniture, Tiki Tanning and Boutique, and HLW Electric.

An estimated dollar has not been established at this time. Deputy State Fire Marshals are assisted by K9's "Sky" and "Zoro," a standard operating procedure on any large-scale incident.

 


UPDATE @1:45AM: Excavators are now on the scene to tear down the building. Southern Maryland Oil is delivering 200 gallons of diesel fuel to scene as many of the fire trucks have run low on fuel. More will be transported if necessary.

UPDATE: Evacuation tones were resounded at 11:48 p.m.

All available personnel have been instructed to begin removing tin from exterior walls of the building to ensure there is no additional fire. The water supply was reestablished from the the creek behind the Holiday Inn in Solomons. The supply line is currently supplying 600 gallons of water per minute through a 900 ft line.

UPDATE: The hydrant water supply has been tapped out and crews are considering drafting an additional water supply from the river which is 500 feet away.

Many supporting beams in the roof of the strip mall are at risk of collapsing. Firefighters are attempting to cut open a portion of the roof area to extinguish any fire in the attic, to prevent further spreading throughout the strip.

SOLOMONS, Md. -- We are receiving reports of a large fire that has engulfed the Solomons Veterinary Clinic and many connecting businesses.

At approximately 10:45 p.m. on May 24, firefighters were dispatched to the scene of the clinic after a 911 caller phoned in that they had heard a large explosion prior to seeing the fire. The fire was believed to have been caused by a propane tank explosion, however this has not yet been confirmed.

Upon arrival, crews discovered the building entirely covered in flames. Fire departments and police on the scene immediately began to close nearby roads.

The fire is reportedly threatening nearby businesses in the strip, and is reportedly spreading through the ceiling. An adjoining thrift store in the building was noted to specifically be at risk from the fire. Fire departments from St. Mary's and Charles County have been called in to provide additional aid at this time.

It is unknown if there were any people or animals in the building at the time of the explosion. We are unaware of any potential injuries at this time.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal and SMECO have been notified to help on the scene. Please avoid the area and allow first responders to extinguish the fire safely and avoid toxic smoke.

This is still a developing story. We will continue to provide additional details as they become available.

Contact our news desk at news@thebaynet.com

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