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Fire Damages Historical Building in Easton

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Chris Hash of the Easton Volunteer Fire Department emailed this photo of Monday night's fire on Washington Street. Chris Hash of the Easton Volunteer Fire Department emailed this photo of Monday night's fire on Washington Street.

EASTON, Md.– It was just after 11 p.m. Monday when the call came in. A building at 130 S. Washington St. in Easton went up in flames.

What once sat next to the former McCords Laundry Building on South Washington Street is now pretty much gone.

"Upon arrival on the scene, we had fire showing through the roof on this multi-unit building. The fire was contained to the room and the second floor," said Easton Fire Chief Jamie McNeil.

Officials say the fire started in the back corner of the building. It took firefighters from the Easton, Oxford, Saint Michaels, Trappe, Cordova, Preston and Ridgely fire departments about three hours to get the blaze under control. When it was all said and done, the roof was completely damaged.

At this point, there is not much left. Fire officials believe the cause of the fire is electrical in nature.

"It's a possible electrical fire, but the investigation is ongoing with the state fire marshal's office," McNeil said.

Guinevere Milutinovich of Easton lives around the corner from the historical building. She said it was loud, smoky and scary.

"There was an explosion, sirens, streets were all blocked off. It actually shook our house. We were close enough we felt the ground shake," Milutinovich said.

The noise has since gone away but the smell of what happened still lingers in the air.

"It just smells like burn, soot and smoke, yeah it's awful," said Milutinovich.   

The Town of Easton Building Inspector condemned the building. The total cost of the damage to the building has yet to be determined.

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