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Old 12-12-2015, 02:34 PM   #1
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Annapolis YC on fire

Very serious fire started 14:00 12/12
Does not look good
Fire department very disorganized
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Old 12-12-2015, 04:03 PM   #2
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Very serious fire started 14:00 12/12
Does not look good
Fire department very disorganized
Just looked at the local news feed. Not good. Both the first and second floors are totally engulfed in flames pouring out the windows. Good chance it will be a total loss. This building is located hard by the Annapolis side of the Spa Creek drawbridge just around the corner to Ego Alley.

Fire at Historic Annapolis Yacht Club: UPDATED | Patch
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Old 12-12-2015, 05:55 PM   #3
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That's a shame....
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I heard from my brother who lives there. He said it burned to the ground. Don't know if any exaggeration was involved.
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The good news--if you can call it that--is that only the building seems to have been involved...no docks or boats.
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Greetings,
More good news would be no injuries or fatalities.
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More good news would be no injuries or fatalities.
The stuff I've read says no injuries other than minor with one fire fighter.
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Fortunately the club was closed at the time, preparing for the parade. The first speculation was the Christmas Tree but it hasn't been confirmed. It does serve as a warning to all, regardless, of the dangers of trees and the frequency of fires with live trees. That would also explain how it grew into a major fire so quickly. It looked from all I saw like the docks and boats avoided damage although I can't imagine there wasn't some, at least from the heat. However, perhaps miraculously there was none.
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That was an iconic building and a fixture on the water front. I have some great memories of lunches there (on a reciprocity basis----not a member) with my grandsons out on the deck overlooking the harbor. What a shame. I'm sure that it will be built back probably bigger and better, but there is something to be said for tradition.

I'm glad that no one was seriously injured.
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The photos, flags, awards and models were priceless. Fortunately, everyone was able to get out safely. The last I heard, the fire department put out four alarms.
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Sad to say after being a career firefighter, but if there is no life involved they don't take any chances of getting anyone hurt and fight fires from the outside now. When I started we used to go in and we loved it, by the time I left we basically put water in through the windows and let the insurance cover it...
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Sad to say after being a career firefighter, but if there is no life involved they don't take any chances of getting anyone hurt and fight fires from the outside now. When I started we used to go in and we loved it, by the time I left we basically put water in through the windows and let the insurance cover it...
I agree. Human life is what is important. There were two firefighters and one civilian taken to the hospital. The firefighters with minor injuries and nothing known as to the civilian.

Also the building did not have sprinklers.

It was 3 alarms, 90 firefighters and 3 fire boats involved. 31 fire trucks I believe. Very fortunate it wasn't worse.
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Also the building did not have sprinklers.
That's like not having an ER fire suppression system.
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.................Also the building did not have sprinklers. ................
That's pretty common with historic buildings. And a reason why so many burn. I often notice things like this while dining in restaurants in historic or just old buildings. They can be death traps without modern building materials and techniques.

Much of historic Georgetown, SC burned a few years ago. No sprinklers, no firewalls, old, dried out timbers, etc.

Modern building and fire codes prevent much of this.
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I don't think it was particularly historic. I doubt it was built much before the 50s or 60s.

I am a bit surprised that a large gathering place like that does need to be sprinkled, but I suppose as a private facility.....
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I don't think it was particularly historic. I doubt it was built much before the 50s or 60s.

I am a bit surprised that a large gathering place like that does need to be sprinkled, but I suppose as a private facility.....
You are still talking 65 years. A lot has changed in that time as far as fire and building codes. In many cases, a building is not required to be brought up to code if it's already there when the code is changed.

The replacement will have sprinklers, you can bet on it.
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There was a big refit in the mid 90's....... they had their chance.
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i don't think it was particularly historic. I doubt it was built much before the 50s or 60s.

I am a bit surprised that a large gathering place like that does need to be sprinkled, but i suppose as a private facility.....
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I was on the other side of Spa Creek when the fire broke out. East side of building pretty much gutted. Building frame and roof still standing. West side (Entrance) did not suffer fire damage - but lots of water/smoke.
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