Fire destroys four tents, contents in Elkton
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— An investigation is continuing after a blaze destroyed four tents and their contents over the weekend in a wooded area near Elkton where homeless people reportedly live, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
A nearby resident called 911 about 2: 30 p. m. Saturday after noticing the burning tents behind a residence in the 100 block of Castletone Drive, fire officials said. The tents were unoccupied at the time, and no one was injured, fire officials added.
Approximately 10 firefighters with Singerly Volunteer Fire Co. of Elkton battled the blaze for about 15 minutes before bringing it under control, according to fire officials. The fire caused an estimated $1,000 in damage to the tents and to the property inside of them, fire officials reported.
As of early Monday afternoon, investigators had not determined who owns the tents, according to fire officials.
The cause of the fire also remains under investigation. Deputy State Fire Marshal Howard F. Ewing is the lead investigator, fire officials reported.
Anyone with information that might help investigators determine the cause of the fire is asked to call the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office at 410836- 4844.