Fire damages basketball court
GRASONVILLE — The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled an early morning fire that damaged a basketball court at Grasonville Park on Perrys Corner Road was arson.
A passerby reported the fire at 4:12 a.m. Friday, July 15. The court itself was actually on fire, said Grasonville Fire Chief Jason Anthony Sr., who lives nearby.
The court is made up of 1-ft. square interlocking plastic- or rubber-like tiles, which were placed over the old concrete tennis court, he explained.
Fire members of Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department responded and, using their brush truck, extinguished the fire in about 10 minutes.
It was a small fire, Anthony said, probably burning a 30-square-foot area. The fire marshal’s office estimated damages at $5,000.
The park and basketball court are owned by Queen Anne’s County. The 36.8acre park also includes a playground, athletic fields and a picnic area. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.
The basketball court is ver y popular, especially in the summertime, with people playing on it every afternoon, Anthony said.
“I think the county got out there and fixed it already,” Anthony said Friday evening, noting people were already back playing on it.
Anyone with information on the fire is asked to contact the Upper Eastern Region Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-822-7609 or call the arson hotline at 1-800-492-7529.