TRAPPE — A large barn that was being used to store equipment and refinish old boats was completely gutted by fire Friday evening, Nov. 22, at 28985 Sanderstown Road.

Firefighters from 14 companies across the Mid-Shore area battled the blaze.

The Trappe Volunteer Fire Company was the first to receive the call, which went out about 4 p.m., and the fire was fully involved when Trappe arrived. A second alarm was issued. Soon a tanker truck task force was called in.

Firefighters from Trappe, Oxford, Easton, Cambridge, St. Michaels, Cordova, Linkwood, Queen Anne-Hillsboro, Church Creek, Denton, Preston, Tilghman, East New Market and Hurlock responded, along with Talbot County Emergency Medical Services., specifically Paramedic 93, and local police.

The barn, which was roughly 50 by 100 feet, was only about 50 feet away from a two-story residence.

Thick, black smoke that floated for about 5 miles was seen by motorists, and the fire was visible as they drove on U.S. Route 50 through Trappe.

Sanderstown Road was closed to traffic for more than an hour. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters said they believed the barn was being used to restore old boats. At least four boats and what was a tractor were found in the rubble.

After the fire was contained, Trappe firefighters remained to hose down various sections until way after dark.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating the fire. The Star Democrat will update information as soon as it becomes available.

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