Fire de­stroys struc­ture at Ter­rapin Na­ture Park

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STEVENSVILLE — The Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, as­sisted by the Gra­sonville and Queen­stown VFDs, re­sponded to an early morn­ing struc­ture fire at Ter­rapin Na­ture Park on Kent Is­land Thurs­day, March 24, Of­fice of the State Fire Mar­shal’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port stated.

The one-alarm blaze, which oc­curred at 3:35 a.m. and is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, hap­pened in a 10-foot by 15-foot en­closed ob­ser­va­tion plat­form on a deck at the Stevensville park, 191 Log Ca­noe Cir­cle, and took four fire­fight­ers 20 min­utes to con­trol the fire, the re­port stated. The es­ti­mated loss to the struc­ture was $3,000.

Deputy Chief State Fire Mar­shal Matt Stevens said a per­son driv­ing across the Bay Bridge saw the fire on the marsh line and called to re­port the in­ci­dent. With no elec­tric­ity con­nect­ing to the wooden struc­ture, Stevens said the of­fice is not sure what caused the in­ci­dent at this point be­cause the struc­ture was al­most com­pletely con­sumed by fire, leav­ing lit­tle ev­i­dence.

“We don’t have a lot to go with un­for­tu­nately just be­cause of the re­mote­ness and be­ing right out on the marsh, one-way in, one-way out and no way to key in or key out,” Stevens said. “We’re kind of hit­ting a bunch of dead ends.”

Stevens is ask­ing the com­mu­nity to con­tact the fire mar­shal’s of­fice, 410822-7609, with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent.

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