Commercial building fire costs $300K in damages

The cause of an early morning fire on Nov. 29 in Easton that partially destroyed this commercial building on North Hanson Street in Easton is under investigation by the state fire marshal's office. 

EASTON — A two-alarm fire on Friday, Nov. 29, caused about $300,000 in damages to a commercial building at 18 N. Hanson Street, Easton, according to a report from the state fire marshal.

The origin of the fire was inside the building, according to the report issued by the Upper Eastern Regional Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal on Monday, Dec. 2.

About 70 firefighters from Easton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze at the back of Mill Place II, a single story, brick building owned by SSM Associates/Michael Dembo.

The back of the building occupied by HearingLife in Suite 3 sustained the most damage. No one was in the building at the time.

According to the report, the status of the smoke alarm is unknown. There was no fire alarm or sprinkler system.

Wayne Watts, who lives at 210 Goldsborough St., saw the fire from his bathroom window and called 911 at 3:02 a.m., he said. The report stated a passerby reported the fire.

Gusty winds blew embers as far as a block away, according to witnesses.

The fire marshal’s report estimated $200,000 worth of damage to the structure and $100,000 in damage to the contents.

The preliminary cause of the fire is still under investigation. Those with information are asked to call the Upper Eastern Regional Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at 410-822-7609.

Editor Connie Connolly contributed to this story.

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