Thurmont, Maryland-A crew member caught fire at a summer camp in western Maryland on Wednesday morning, but no injuries were reported. ..
Firefighters were initially dispatched around 7:30 am to report a fire at the Camp Airy for Boys building in Thurmont, and Frederick County Fire Department&Rescue Service spokesman. Mansara Campbell said.
When the unit arrived at the scene, no one was in the building, but found smoke coming out of the roof, and a second warning was issued, Campbell said. About 100 firefighters from Maryland and Pennsylvania took three hours to put down the fire, but the crew continued to extinguish the building's hotspots in the afternoon, she said.
Because there are no fire hydrants near the camp, firefighters pumped water from a large pond and two pools to fight the flames, Kennypool said at a press conference.
Firefighters contained the flames in the cafeteria, and no other buildings were involved, Campbell said. Investigators will not be able to enter the building and determine the cause and cause of the fire until the fire is completely gone, she said.
In a Facebook post, the camp said it was too early to know the extent of the canteen damage, but everyone is safe and responsible. The camp said they have relocated a lot of activities because the cafeteria is the center of activity. According to their website, the Jewish overnight camp for boys in Cascade and the nearby camp Louise for girls were founded in the 1920s.
When people noticed the smoke and went out immediately, breakfast preparations began, camp director Marty Roclin said at a press conference. He said they plan to continue camping as regularly as possible.
"It was the building where most of us grew up and had all our meals as campers and staff," Rochlin said. "Thankfully, it's just a building. The camp is people, so you can continue to camp."