Fire com­pany makes re­port on Le­gion fire

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CAM­BRIDGE — At the Mon­day, May 9 reg­u­lar meet­ing, Cam­bridge City Coun­cil re­ceived a re­port about the fire that oc­curred at the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 91 fa­cil­ity on Tues­day, May 3.

Res­cue Fire Com­pany Chief Brian Wil­ley de­liv­ered the re­port on the three-alarm fire.

A large vol­ume of smoke was pour­ing from the roof over the hall end of the build­ing, ob­served by chief of­fi­cer Adam Pritch­ett, who was first on the scene, Wil­ley said. The build­ing was oc­cu­pied at the time, and those in­side men­tioned see­ing the fire above the stage in the hall. All oc­cu­pants were evac­u­ated safely, he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the state fire mar­shal’s of­fice, the fire caused about $900,000 in dam­age to the struc­ture and con­tents, and likely orig­i­nated with a light­ning strike.

The first engine ar­rived on the scene six min­utes af­ter the call was re­ceived. 34 mem­bers and four en­gines from Res­cue Fire Com­pany bat­tled the fire. Ten other de­part­ments also re­sponded from Dorch­ester, Tal­bot and Caro­line coun­ties to as­sist.

Other agen­cies such as Cam­bridge Po­lice De­part­ment, Dorch­ester County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment, Dorch­ester County EMS, State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Del­marva Power aided the fire com­pa­nies in the sit­u­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

While the many nearby com­pa­nies were oc­cu­pied with bat­tling the fire, Wi­comico County de­part­ments stepped up to pro­vide additional cov­er­age should an­other call need at­ten­tion, Wil­ley said.

The fire was con­tained within 20 min­utes, and deemed fully un­der con­trol in about 90 min­utes.

Just over 60 fire­fight­ers worked to put out the blaze and sal­vage valu­able items as much as pos­si­ble. There were no in­juries to any of­fi­cers or civil­ians, Wil­ley said.

Of­fi­cials with the city of Cam­bridge reached out to mem­bers of the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 91 in hopes of help­ing them find a tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion.

Mem­bers hope to sign a lease in the next several weeks for a cur­rently va­cant build­ing that would meet their needs for events, meet­ings and more. City of­fi­cials have spo­ken to the Comptroller’s Of­fice and county of­fi­cials to help ex­pe­dite the trans­fer of the li­censes for liquor and slot ma­chines to the tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion.

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.

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