Nightclub plans of cigar lounge go up in smoke when license pulled by Fire Marshal

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Invictus Cigars interior Dec. 23, 2016, Facebook

Nightclub plans of cigar lounge go up in smoke when license pulled by Fire Marshal

WALDORF, MD.  — Illegal nightclubs along with clubs operating in violation of fire codes have been responsible for scores of deaths in the United States and Maryland Fire Marshals have closed a Waldorf cigar lounge citing such tragedies due to the Charles County location being in violation of Maryland codes.

Investigators from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office have concluded another lengthy investigation into the unpermitted use of a nightclub establishment in Waldorf. Invictus Cigars, located at 2894 Old Washington Road, has been operating in violation of the Life Safety and Fire Code. The owner, identified as Malcolm L. Hill, 42, has been charged with Reckless Endangerment and the Maintenance of a Fire Hazard in violation of the Maryland Public Safety Article.

Invictus Cigars interior from Facebook

     The Maryland Fire Marshal reports that over the past few months, investigators worked closely with Charles County’s Planning and Growth Management to identify the appropriate requirements for use of the building as requested by the business owner, who initially requested a permit to operate the business for retail sales. 

Invictus Cigars exterior Feb. 8, 2017, Facebook page

At some point later, Hill requested to use the building as a lounge/bar which did not meet those Fire and Life Safety Code requirements. 

Investigators say that despite knowing the building did not meet the fire and life safety requirements, Hill failed to follow the proper use and hosted an unapproved event.

As a result, the Use & Occupancy permit for Invictus Cigars was revoked by the Charles County Government on April 11th.

Hill was able to get his Use & Occupancy permit back under the retail restrictions, but on April 21st, Hill was found to be operating the establishment for a nightclub-style event. Investigators ordered the establishment to be evacuated and closed immediately. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the closure of the facility.

The illegal operation and blatant disregard for the fire and life safety code requirements placed Invictus Cigar’s customers and employees at risk for a potentially dangerous environment.

  

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   The illegal operation and blatant disregard for the fire and life safety code requirements placed Invictus Cigar’s customers and employees at risk for a potentially dangerous environment. History shows that nightclub assemblies pose many potential risks to the occupants. For this reason, the Office of the State Fire Marshal is dedicated to enforcing those code requirements to help minimize those risks.

The following advertisement for a nightclub event at Invictus Cigar was posted on the Facebook page of the business:

Invictus Cigars Welcomes You!!!

Invictus Cigars along with Faycez-U-Know welcomes the cigar smoking brothers of Omega Psi Phi to the Mighty 2nd District. Come celebrate Malcolm & Chelsea’s Birthday & the opening of Invictus Cigars on Friday, February 3, 2017, from 5 pm – Until

Posted Feb. 3, 2017:

Due to Charles County business requirements, there will be NO event tonight. The retail space is open for purchasing cigars.

We should be ALL done within 7-14 days.

Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions, or concerns call me.

Malcolm-

DEADLY NIGHTCLUB FIRES

From National Fire Protection Association:

Deadly Nightclub fires:

Rhythm Club Dance Hall, Natchez, Mississippi 1943 Deaths: 207

Coconut Grove Nightclub, Boston, Mass. 1942: Deaths: 492

Beverly Hills Supper Club, Southgate, Kentucky, 1977, 165

The Station Nightclub, W. Warwick, Rhode Island, 2003, Deaths: 100

Happy Land Social Club, Bronx, New York, 1990, Deaths: 87

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