Fire damages marina boat shop on Elk River

An Upper Bay marina suffered half a million dollar damage and a man was injured in a fire that broke out in one of its buildings.

The fire occurred around 11 a.m. Thursday at Taylor’s Marina on the Elk River, just south of Elkton, Maryland. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said it was a mixed-occupancy building and the flames came from an interior loft. Fire department sources say bay bulletin the fire was in the roof of a boat store which is attached to the office.

The fire marshal’s office says a maintenance worker discovered the fire and called 911. Several regional fire companies responded. The Singerly Volunteer Fire Company of Elkton served as the on-scene command, but units from Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania all responded, we are told.

It took approximately 60 firefighters per hour to extinguish the two-alarm blaze, and a marina building worker suffered minor hand injuries.

The preliminary conclusion of the Office of the Fire Marshal is that the fire was accidental. It caused an estimated total of $500,000 in damage. The building had smoke detectors but no fire alarm or sprinkler system.

Marina owners tell bay bulletin they are still assessing the damage, working on his future plans, and hope to have more information to share in the next week or two.

Taylor’s Marina is associated with Locust Point Marina, a few steps upstream. On the marinas website, Taylor’s Marina offers 72 slips for boats up to 35 feet and a jetty with new pilings, decking and jetties.

-Meg Walburn Viviano

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