Cause of late-night shed fire remains under investigation

CHESTERTOWN — The area of origin and cause of a structure fire Tuesday night in downtown Chestertown have not been determined, according to a news release Wednesday morning from the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

No injuries were reported and no one was displaced.

The alarm sounded minutes before midnight July 2 for a shed fire in the 300-block of Cannon Street, between Cross Street and South Mill Street.

The first firefighters on the scene reported that one shed was 100% involved with fire and a second shed about 60% involved, along with an adjacent wooden privacy fence, according to a post on the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company’s Facebook page.

Two other sheds sustained heat damage and there was “severe heat impingement” on a nearby car, according to the fire company’s social media post.

The fire marshal’s office estimated the value of the loss — to the structures and contents — to be $10,000.

Chestertown VFC was the primary responding agency, with Crumpton and Church Hill fire companies also sending crews.

According to the OSFM, 25 firefighters responded and brought the fire under control in 35 minutes.

A neighbor called in the fire at 11:58 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the fire marshal’s Upper Eastern Regional Office at 410-822-7609.

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