CALVERT COUNTY (April 4, 2019) – 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, 2019.
At approximately 4:14 p.m., North Beach Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding companies were dispatched to 3889 Gordon Stinnett Ave, 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.
UPDATE 4/4/2019- The Following are statements put out by the first responding unit, North Beach Volunteer Fire Department and The Town of Chesapeake Beach.
“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.
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:
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 Town Hall if they are organizing a fund drive.
We will provide updates to the community as we have more information”
UPDATE 7:30 p.m.- At a Press Briefing, the Fire Chief stated three firefighters were injured and transported, along with at least 10 treated on the scene for minor injuries.. Seven families were displaced and are being assisted by Calvert County and the American Red Cross. The total amount displaced is still not known as families are still returning from work.
Video courtesy of Anne Arundel First Alert?
UPDATE 7:00 p.m.- The scene is still being cleaned and cleared. At this time the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and Maryland State Fire Marshal are on the scene to investigate.
Video courtesy of Anne Arundel First Alert
Chesapeake Beach, MD- A massive house fire has closed Gordon Stinnett Avenue.
Aerial footage from news choppers show what appear to by multiple buildings/residences.
It is not known at this time if anyone was home, or if there are any injuries.
Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association states on their Facebook that a “MaydayA” was called for early in the attack, but now all Firefighters are accounted for. They are also reporting a partial collapse on one of the structures, with a complete collapse on the second one.
Watch for emergency vehicles and personnel, and expect delays in the area.
This is a developing story.