POMONA — An early morning fire destroyed a Chestertown-area home Sunday, Dec. 29.
According to a notice of investigation issued by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, the fire occurred at 4:56 a.m. at 7101 Pomona Road. The two-story home belongs to Peter and Liza Brocker, former owners of Play It Again Sam café in Chestertown, and their family.
The fire reportedly originated in the area of the house’s back deck. The preliminary cause remains under investigation.
No injuries were reported. The family was reportedly home at the time of the fire and all evacuated safely.
“The family was at home and asleep when the fire started. The Smoke Alarms activated, alerting them to the danger,” a post on the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company’s Facebook page states. “This fire underscores the importance of working Smoke Alarms in the home.”
The fire marshal’s office states that the family discovered the fire. Additionally, the Chestertown fire company reported a 911 call from a neighbor.
The Chestertown fire company was the primary response team. All the other fire companies in Kent County responded, as well as companies from Queen Anne’s and Caroline counties, according to the Chestertown fire company.
While it took about 90 minutes to get the fire under control, according to the fire marshal’s office, the Chesterton fire company wrote that volunteer firefighters worked the scene for nearly five hours.
Due to a lack of a “ready water supply” in the area, eight tankers and two engines were used to keep hoses flowing, according to the Chestertown fire company.
“The ‘Draft Site’ was established at Quaker Neck Landing. Drafting is the process where we use an engine to pick up water from a static source such as a swimming pool, the bay or, as in this case, the river,” the post states.
The fire marshal estimated the loss of the structure to be $200,000, with $100,000 worth of contents destroyed.
The family was reportedly displaced, with friends and family assisting, according to the Chestertown fire company’s post.