Fire Razes 3-Story Building at site of former Bainbridge Naval Training Center

Fire destroyed the three-story main building at the former Bainbridge Naval Training Center near Port Deposit. Photo from Water Witch Fire Company.

Fire destroyed the three-story main building at the former Bainbridge Naval Training Center near Port Deposit. Photo from Water Witch Fire Company.

PORT DEPOSIT, MD (September 21, 2014) – State Fire Marshals report that a building at Port Deposit has been completely destroyed by fire.

Investigators with the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) are conducting an origin and cause investigation in the wake of a 2:45 a.m. blaze that consumed a vacant stone and mortar 3-story, 50’ x 100’ structure on the former Bainbridge Naval Station.

Water Witch VFC photo of aerial ladder fighting fire in Memorial Hall at Bainbridge NTC site.

Water Witch VFC photo of aerial ladder fighting fire in Memorial Hall at Bainbridge NTC site.

Nearly thirty-five firefighters from multiple districts in Maryland and Pennsylvania assisted the Water Witch Volunteer Fire Department and contained the two alarm blaze within three hours.  No injuries were reported during the incident.

The building was originally constructed in 1901 as the Tome School for Boys and later the property was operated as the U.S. Naval Training Center Bainbridge from 1942 – 1976 and officially closed for Department of the Navy use in 1986.  Some of the facilities were then operated by the U.S. Department of Labor as a Job Corps Center until 1990.  The property now falls under the Bainbridge Development Corporation for renovations.  The property is located along the Susquehanna River in Port Deposit, Maryland.

The incident remains an active investigation at this time.  A loss damage estimate is not able to be determined at this time.

Anyone having information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Northeast Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-836-4844 or contact the Arson Hotline at 1-800-492-7529.

The EPA claims that the cleanup of the site is complete

Arson at Bainbridge is a long-running story due to incompetence of various government officials to oversee public property and Maryland’s competitive criminal class…

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