Fire damages American Legion Post 91 in Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE — The state fire marshal’s office said a fire at the American Legion Post 91 in Cambridge Tuesday, May 3, was likely caused by a lightning strike.
A passerby called 911 to report the fire, which caused about $900,000 in damage to the structure and contents, the fire marshal’s office said.
Fire crews from Cambridge, Easton, Trappe and Oxford all responded to Radiance Drive, and westbound U.S. Route 50 was shut down for a short time to allow crews to battle the fire. It took firefighters about two hours to control the blaze, the fire marshal’s office said, and no injuries were reported.
An investigation determined that the fire originated above the facility’s main banquet hall, according to the fire marshal’s office, which pointed to a Monday night lightning strike as the likely cause.
The Salvation Army in Cambridge released its emergency services vehicle to the fire scene to serve the firefighters, emergency services personnel and police officers who had been battling the blaze.
“A big thank you to our friends at Simmons Center Market for their donation of cold Gatorade drinks,” the Salvation Army wrote in a Facebook post. “A big thank you to our friends at Pizza Hut for their donation of pizzas to feed the first responders.”
Fire crews from Cambridge, Easton, Trappe and Oxford work to control a Tuesday fire at American Legion Post 91 in Cambridge.