More than 90 firefighters in Annapolis are battling a large fire at the Annapolis Yacht Club, according to a spokesman for the city’s fire department.
Capt. John Bowes said that one firefighter sustained minor injuries and has been transported to a local hospital. No civilians were injured.
Bowes said he had no information yet about the cause of the fire or the extent of property damage. The first 911 call came in at 2:16 p.m., he said. As smoke began billowing out of the windows, a flood of additional 911 calls were made.
The Annapolis Yacht Club has 1,600 members and hosts several international and national racing events each year. Inside the clubhouse, there are several dining rooms and bars, along with an outdoor deck that overlooks the Annapolis Harbor. The clubhouse underwent a major renovation in 1995, according to the organization’s website.
The Anne Arundel County Fire Department was also on scene Saturday afternoon and assisting with 12 companies and a fireboat, according to spokesman Russ Davies.
Through social media, the Annapolis Police Department described the scene as a “very dangerous situation” and announced that parts of downtown, including Compromise Street, Sixth Street, Duke of Gloucester Street and Eastport Bridge, were closed to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. They warned that traffic was heavy and that drivers could expect backups into the surrounding areas.
This story has been updated.