Archive for Sunday, November 27, 2005

Annapolis fire causes millions in damage

November 27, 2005


— A fire that spread through three buildings in Annapolis' historic downtown - two of them dating to the 1800s - likely caused millions of dollars in damage, the owner of the buildings said Saturday.

Fire officials were still trying to determine what sparked the blaze on Main Street on Friday evening, police Capt. Joseph Martin said.

The row-style buildings did not have sprinklers, and it took a crew of about 75 firefighters nearly four hours to get the blaze under control, officials said. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was helping investigate because of the size of the fire.

The damage could be "several million dollars," said Harvey Blonder, who owns two of the buildings and has a long-term lease on another.

"I've already talked to the mayor. We are going to work as a team to build these buildings back as quickly as possible and get these businesses open again," Blonder said.

The fire spread through an ice cream shop, jewelry shop and candle store. One of the buildings dates to the 1860s, and another to the 1880s. The jewelry store was redone about 1940 and had a new storefront, Martin said.


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