EASTON — A massive fire ignited on a farm at 30676 Matthewstown Road, incinerating a barn and a small shop adjacent to it. No one was injured during the Tuesday, Sept. 21 blaze.

About 80 firefighters from Talbot County and Caroline County fought to contain a fire that consumed vehicles, farm equipment and parts of surrounding fields on the Easton farmland.

Thick, billowing smoke from the conflagration could be seen for miles around Easton during the mid-afternoon hours when the fire was spreading.

The Easton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene at 2:14 p.m. About 18 other departments also responded, including those from Preston, Cordova, St. Michaels, Queen Anne-Hillsboro and Federalsburg.

The fire was 90% contained at 3:20 p.m., said Lt. Daryl Caldwell. The property owner did not want to disclose his name at the time, but said he had a shop next to the barn with expensive equipment inside.

The state fire marshal will investigate the cause of the fire, as well as property damage, and release a full report, Caldwell said.

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