Fire company makes report on Legion fire
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.