Fire destroys outbuilding at Earleville campground
— A heat lamp ignited nearby combustibles and triggered a blaze that ripped through an outbuilding at a yearround campground community in Earleville on Tuesday morning, gutting the structure and destroying all the property inside of it, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
It also melted the vinyl siding on the ends of two nearby mobile homes, which firefighters sprayed with water while battling the blaze to prevent the fire from spreading to them.
MSFMO detectives concluded that the fire in Glen 4, Lot 106, at Indian Acres of Chesapeake Bay was accidental, fire officials said. They blamed it on a heat lamp having been placed “too close to combustibles” inside the structure, fire officials added.
Investigators reported that the blaze destroyed the 20-by-15-foot outbuilding, which had an estimated value of $5,000, and approximately $5,000 in property inside the structure. Investigators identified Audrey Caton and Lawrence Weaver as the property owners.
One of the owners called 911 shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday after noticing flames and smoke coming from the side-yard outbuilding, according to fire officials.
“It was engulfed in flames when we arrived,” said Jason Reamy, assistant chief for Cecilton Volunteer Fire Co., which served as the command unit at the scene.
Approximately 20 firefighters with volunteer fire companies from Cecilton, Galena and Middletown, Del., battled the blaze for about 20 minutes before bringing it under control, according to Reamy.
The owners had used the structure to store tools and other equipment, Reamy said. It also had a lounge or recreational area, which Reamy described as a “man cave,” and there was a wood-stove in there, he added.
An MSFMO detective was dispatched to the scene to conduct an onsite investigation. Several hours later, the agency classified the fire as “accidental” and reported that the placement of the heat lamp caused the blaze.
Flames consume this outbuilding in Earleville and its contents on Tuesday morning.