“More than the bricks and mortar” is the message from Annapolis Yacht Club following a fire that destroyed the main clubhouse on Saturday.
The fire ignited around 2 p.m., during preparations for the annual Eastport Parade of Lights. Multiple 911 calls reported smoke coming from the windows of the Compromise St. building, and heavy fire was visible by the time firefighters arrived.
Yacht Club staff said the building was closed to the public due to parade preparation, and all staff was safely evacuated. One firefighter suffered minor injuries.
Officials including Gov. Larry Hogan and Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh toured the bured clubhouse on Sunday, with Schuh calling the damage “quite astounding.” Hogan said the state would provide assistance.
In a Facebook post, Commodore Rod Jabin pledged to rebuild, and said officials were looking to relocate some operations temporarily.
“Annapolis Yacht Club is more than the bricks and mortar of a clubhouse; it is a community,” the statement said.
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