CAMBRIDGE, Md.- The Maryland State Fire Marshal's office ruled Sunday night's fire on Race Street in Cambridge an arson. Investigators say they determined the fire was intentionally set in an interior hallway of the building.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal and Cambridge Police Department are asking the community for help in finding the suspect responsible for intentionally setting the fire. They're offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said the 10:46 p.m. four-alarm blaze at 507 Race Street on Sunday, December 17, took nearly 100 firefighters from approximately 13 fire companies less than two hours to bring under control.
Twenty-one occupants were sent to area hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained when escaping the fire through windows of the three-story building. None of the reported injuries are considered to be life-threatening.
Two firefighters were treated for stress-related injuries at Dorchester General Hospital and released.
The building contained a clothing store on the first floor with four apartments on the second floor and four apartments on the third floor. Five of the eight apartments were occupied at the time of the fire.
Residents were alerted to the fire by working smoke alarms located inside the building. The Office of the Fire Marshal says the structure is considered to be a total loss with damages estimated at $850,000.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal requests anyone with information to contact the Lower Eastern Shore Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-713-3783.