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Chesapeake Boats Gets a Helping Hand From Competitor

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Eugene Evans, owner of Evan's Boats and David Mason, owner of Chesapeake Boats in Crisfield (WBOC) Eugene Evans, owner of Evan's Boats and David Mason, owner of Chesapeake Boats in Crisfield (WBOC)

CRISFIELD, Md.- Chesapeake Boats' business and office burned to the ground in a massive fire Tuesday, but one local business is helping its competitor stay afloat. 

Evans Boats, owned by Eugene Evans, is only a few miles away from Chesapeake Boats, which is owned by David Mason in Crisfield. Evans said when he heard about the tragic fire, he immediately thought to help his friendly rival. 

Evans said he sprung into action clearing out a bay on his property for Mason and his crew to work out of until Chesapeake Boats new building is ready. Evans said he could relate to what Mason was going through; he lost a portion of his business from a fire over 10 years ago. Mason said he is thankful for the favor.

"He offered me the building so that we could move our molds in and start back to work," Mason said. "It keeps my crew going and I can't thank him enough."

Evans said the situation is bigger than business and helping Mason in his time of need was the right thing to do.

"I can sympathize with him because I know how he felt when he saw the fire coming out of the buildings," Evans said. "I've been there, I've done it. It's a helpless feeling. I can speak for myself and I watched in 15 minutes everything that I had accomplished and worked for go up in fire and smoke.". 

Ironically, when part of Evans' business was totaled by fire, Mason was one of the first people offering help. So Evans said he's returning the favor. 

"It's important for people to understand that helping somebody is really important," Evans said. "When you own a business it's so many people's lives that are affected when the business has a major, major catastrophe such as David has had and I've had before."

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office has not officially ruled the cause of the fire. Mason told WBOC that although the fire marshall has not officially determined the cause, it is suspected to be due to faulty electrical wiring in the office. 

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