Fire dam­ages bas­ket­ball court

Record Observer - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

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.

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