By: David M. Higgins II

UPDATE August 13, 2019- On August 10, 2019, at 5:32 a.m. the St. Mary’s County 9-1-1 received a call for a structure fire on Finnea Way in Great Mills.

The blaze took approximately 2 hours to gain control off and at one point a “Mayday” went out for a firefighter. The firefighter was able to self-extricate from the structure.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal was called in to investigate and has determined the loss to be $350,000.00.

At this point, a cause has not been found. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, at 443-550-6822.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family, who also lost a dog in the blaze. As of 8/13/2019 for the pledged amount was up to $3800. If you want to pledge you can click here: Hurst Family House Fire

Images provided by subscriber Lisa Byrd

California, MD- At approximately 5:33 a.m. this morning St. Mary’s County 9-1-1 was alerted to a structure fire on Finnea Way, Calif. MD. One of the readers of The Southern Maryland Chronicle, who also sent in the images says she heard and explosion and then the fire department showed up.

Units are on the scene, and while on scene units on the scanner report a firefighter had fallen; either through a floor or inside the building. According to the Leonardtown Fire Department, the firefighter was located with no injuries.

There was also one person transported to an area hospital.

SMECO is on the way to cut the power. Watch for emergency units and expect delays in the area.

We will bring more information as soon as the Fire Marshal’s report is released.

Images submitted by a reader of The Southern Maryland Chronicle

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...