At 2:12 am on Sunday, July 4, 2021, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, along with multiple mutual aid companies, was dispatched to the structure fire in the 100 block of West Campus Avenue. An ambulance from the Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad was clearing the hospital, just around the corner, at exactly that moment. They arrived to find an approximately 20x30 detached 2-story garage 100% involved with fire. As the 2mnd floor was believed to be an apartment, it was uncertain if anyone was in the structure. It was ultimately determined as clear, no one inside. There was also an exposure to structures on Washington Avenue, however, these were protected and did not catch fire.
Our first engine arrived and deployed a total of three 1-3/4” hose lines to make a direct attack upon the fire. The mutual aid engine from Kennedyville arrived and dropped a supply line to the fire hydrant at the corner of Washington Avenue & Brown Street. As a result, Washington Avenue (Maryland 213) was temporarily closed.
There were no injuries and crews operated for about 4-hours total, including clean-up back at the fire station. The Maryland State Fire Marshals Office was requested, and there was a representative on the scene. They are performing an origin & cause investigation. The results of that are not available at this time.
A 2nd Alarm was requested, then canceled.
Companies dispatched and operating at this incident:
Church Hill VFC
Betterton VFC (canceled)
Rock Hall VFC (canceled)
Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad
Kent County EMS
Chestertown Police Department
Washington College Public Safety
The Sudlersville VFC relocated their Quint engine to our fire station to provide coverage / protection for our community while we were committed to this incident.