STEVENSVILLE — Fire destroyed a single-story apartment in Kent Cove Condominiums Wednesday night, Sept. 25.

Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding companies responded shortly after 8 p.m. to 9 Mariners Way, Unit No. 3.

“The call came in as a microwave fire,” said KIVFD Fire Chief Buddy Thomas. “But it was fully involved when we got there. The fire went through the roof.”

Thirty-five to 40 firefighters battled the fire, he said, preventing it from spreading to the neighbor’s apartment. They had it under control in about 30 minutes, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s report.

Kent Island was assisted by crews from Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department, Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department, United Communities Volunteer Fire Department and Anne Arundel Engine 191 and Annapolis Ladder 39.

The apartments, or condos, are arranged in small clusters, and only the one unit was damaged, Thomas said.

The fire was discovered by the occupant, William Bates, and reported by him and his neighbor. Bates was safely out of the apartment when firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported.

Bates declined Red Cross help, saying he would stay with friends, Thomas said.

The property is owned by Evelyn Layton, according to the fire marshal’s office, which estimated damages to the structure at $130,000. Damages to the contents were placed at $20,000.

The fire started in the kitchen but the cause remains under investigation, the fire marshal’s office said. A smoke detector was present, but the fire marshal’s office did not know if it activated.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Upper Eastern Regional Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at 410-822-7609.

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