Fire de­stroys four tents, con­tents in Elkton


ca­hamil­ton@ ce­cil­whig. com

— 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.


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