BDC Comment on Fire at Tome School

Contact: Toni Sprenkle

Bainbridge Development Corporation

748 Jacob Tome Highway

410-378-9200

tsprenkle@bainbridgedev.org

The Bainbridge Development Corporation (BDC) regretfully confirms a fire at the Tome Inn on the Historic Tome School for Boys Campus. A local citizen reported smoke coming from the former Naval Training Center at Bainbridge at 11:34 a.m. on Wednesday morning, May 6, 2020. Through the efforts of the members of the Water Witch Volunteer Fire Company and numerous other local volunteer fire companies’ representatives, the fire was contained and did not spread to other areas of the property. One firefighter was taken for evaluation after feeling ill. He was treated and released. The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshall Office.

Tome School is part of the former Naval Training Site that is currently in the process of redevelopment. The 1200 acre site is within the town limits of Port Deposit. It is regrettable that this building has been severely damaged. The extent of the damage is still undetermined.

This is an unfortunate loss to the Town of Port Deposit and Cecil County. The BDC remains dedicated to preserving, maintaining, protecting and restoring to the degree possible the Historic Tome School. The Tome School Campus remains closed to the public and any trespassers caught on the property will be turned over to the authorities.

We ask anyone with any information about this fire to report via one of the contact methods listed below:

- Maryland Arson Hotline 800-492-7529

- Northeast Office of Maryland State Fire Marshal 410-836-4844

- Metro Crime Stoppers 866-756-2587 (866-7LOCKUP)

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