UPDATE: State Fire Marshals Office Investigating Commercial Building Fire in Leonardtown

July 1, 2019

UPDATE 7/2/2019: On Monday, July 1, 2019, at approximately 1:25 p.m., firefighters responded to 22715 Duke Street, in Leonardtown, for the report of a building fire.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find the building completely engulfed in flames upon their arrival.

Over 35 firefighters responded and had the fire under control in 45 minutes.

The vacant two-story commercial building was owned by Roy Dooley and was previously occupied by Dooley’s Furniture.

The estimated monetary loss to the structure and contents was listed at $215,000 in a Fire Marshals report.

The fire started at the rear of the building.

The building was completely destroyed as a result of the fire and there were no injuries.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.

Anyone with any information about the fire is asked to contact the State Fire Marshals Office, Southern Region at 443-550-6834.

7/1/2019: On Monday, July 1, 2019, at approximately 1:25 p.m., firefighters responded to Lawrence Avenue in Leonardtown, for the reported commercial structure fire behind the Leonardtown Volunteer Firehouse.

Crews arrived on scene to find a two-story building completely engulfed in flames.

As of 1:30 p.m., no injuries have been reported.

Updates will be provided soon with photos and videos.

Photos and videos courtesy of FF R. Jones.



85 Responses to UPDATE: State Fire Marshals Office Investigating Commercial Building Fire in Leonardtown

  1. Anonymous on July 1, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    How does it get that far if it’s right behind fire house. Just thinking outloud

    • Smokey Joe on July 1, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      It started with a loud BOOM

      • Drama Mama on July 2, 2019 at 6:17 am

        I could feel it all the way in Scotland!!

        • AOC's rep on July 3, 2019 at 7:04 am

          AOC felt it all the way down at the Southern Border

        • Larry Norris on July 6, 2019 at 12:38 pm

          funny

    • Anonymous on July 1, 2019 at 7:19 pm

      Because they’re not real firefighters. They’re hobbyists and theyre not there immediately when called upon.

      • Stop the inappropriate slander on July 2, 2019 at 7:00 am

        You are a total and complete idiot. Shut up and volunteer if you are brave enough to see the truth. Not real firefighters really… put your money where you mouth is and join… are you brave enough???

        • Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 12:40 pm

          Excellent Response.

      • Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 7:27 am

        Keyboard warrior talking out his backside and trolling for comments. Considering his thoughts originated in the same place we can all just move along.

      • Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 8:25 am

        Dear Anonymous…You chicken s–t nut less wonder. Drop what your doing instantly, put your life on hold, and go risk your life just for a day before you open your mouth.

      • Seriously? on July 2, 2019 at 10:35 am

        Really? Not real firefighters? Please, give me a definition of a REAL firefighter. I’m curious to know what your definition is.

        • Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 1:32 pm

          :a person whose job is to extinguish fires.

          • LMAOO on July 8, 2019 at 8:44 am

            LMAOOOOO

      • LizzieB on July 2, 2019 at 2:18 pm

        What an absolutely horrific response. Get off your keyboard and volunteer or be willing to pay the tax increases. No ‘hobbyist’ wants to wake in the middle of the night to go out into the unexpected – these are dedicated people working for the good of the community

        • Lips on July 3, 2019 at 7:43 pm

          Yes indeed

      • Jenn on July 2, 2019 at 10:01 pm

        They did the job, contained, no one hurt. Thank all responders!

        • StopTheClowns on July 9, 2019 at 9:33 pm

          It still would have burned to the ground if they were standing outside when it started. They are just bunch of wannabes that couldn’t pour water from a boot, if the directions were written on the heel. Volunteers are a complete joke.

    • Former SMC FF/EMT on July 1, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      Because ‘concerned citizens’ like yourself refuse to pay any increase in taxes to fund a proper fire and rescue service like most of our neighbors to the north have. It’s easy to point blame on the Internet, ain’t it?

      • Wiggy on July 2, 2019 at 6:15 am

        It’s hard to agree when the departments are asking for a tax increase when I see each department getting rid of $250,000 rigs that are still serviceable so they can one up the “nut house” or the “fightin’ 4th.”

        • NotADecoy on July 2, 2019 at 10:32 am

          Word! It’s all about the parades and colorful T-shirt’s! Bunch of worthless tax dollar wasting wannabes!

          • Anonymous on July 4, 2019 at 12:35 am

            Are you referring to the new Parade piece Hollywood VFD currently has on order? Talk about a waste huge of money.

      • frank on July 2, 2019 at 10:05 am

        we pay more than enough taxes!!!!! get rid of leadership that does nothing

    • Lori on July 2, 2019 at 8:24 am

      You’d be amazed at how fast a fire can spread, especially depending on if there are any chemicals or flammable objects that help spread the fire faster.. Doesn’t matter if the fire is behind the fire house, or streets away..

    • Anonymous on July 3, 2019 at 10:46 am

      thanks Obama…

      • OBAMA LOVER on July 8, 2019 at 8:44 am

        You’re welcome he is amazing right!!!

  2. bobaloo on July 1, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Hey! I commented first!

    • bobaloo on July 1, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      Guess I didn’t. :-(

      • Boonk on July 2, 2019 at 11:13 am

        Wow, what a fail.

        • bobaloo on July 3, 2019 at 3:42 pm

          Yes, truly ignoble, epic fail. I feel like such a failure. Please, feel free to expound further on the quality of my failure. Thank you.

  3. Noleggio Autobus on July 1, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    It’s a volunteer fire department. Even if there’s someone there, they don’t sit around looking out the windows.

  4. MikeInMorganza on July 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Holy moly, now THATS a fawr!

    • Joe on July 2, 2019 at 9:59 am

      LOLOLOL Mike! Well done :)

  5. The Dude... on July 1, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    What were they storing in there, jet fuel?!

    • Jet engine mechanic on July 2, 2019 at 11:51 am

      Jet fuel is actually not much different than kerosene.

      • Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 1:33 pm

        Except one goes BOOM and the other goes KABOOM!!!

        • Anonymous on July 5, 2019 at 5:09 pm

          Wrong again, clownboy.

  6. Pat on July 1, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    I bet you the old guy that must have once owned the building that still goes their and was burning behind the building live I’ve seen him do befor and set the whole place on fire

    • Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 12:18 am

      My thought exactly! Almost like hes been trying to burn it down for years…..

      • Gold Star for you on July 3, 2019 at 7:07 am

        Congrats on being able to decipher whatever that statement was trying to convey

        • Anonymous on July 3, 2019 at 12:09 pm

          Ummmm, it’s not that difficult. Your IQ is pretty bad.

  7. Anonymous on July 1, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    I bet they had a lot of insurance on it. Smoke that black indicates fuel added . Possible diesel

    • Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 11:08 am

      Or the tar from the roof burning off

    • You don't know Jack on July 2, 2019 at 11:56 am

      You haven’t seen many structural fires, have you. It was a ‘flat top’ roof…lots of tar and other flat top roofing products. SMH

      • Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 5:07 pm

        As fast as it spread. You are going ti tell me it was all natural? Yes. I’m seen many fires in my 42yrs in a fire department. Shake your head at that.

  8. Pat on July 1, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    The old guy was burning tires back their about a month ago black smoke rolling from the back of the place and the fire department didn’t even both to go have a look you couldn’t have missed all the smoke the fire men hang out at the garage bay with it open all the time and it faces right torwds the place that caught fire

    • Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 7:24 am

      Regulations driven by liability insurance – they have to have a call via the 911 call center before they can respond

  9. Pat on July 1, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Must ben to busy washing their personal trucks agin

    • Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 8:51 am

      They are not paid firefighters and have real jobs! Why don’t you volunteer!

      • Pat on July 3, 2019 at 7:13 pm

        I have I do in vA

      • FAWR on July 8, 2019 at 8:48 am

        im too busy washing my fawr truck!

  10. Anonymous on July 1, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I bet by August they will start building something on that sight

  11. HaHaHa on July 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    meth lab?

  12. Anonymous on July 1, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Thank goodness that building was abandoned

  13. Pat on July 1, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Bet the old man was burning stuff behind the building agin and caught the whole place on fire

    • Wiggy on July 2, 2019 at 6:16 am

      One more time Pat. Do ya feel better now?!?! Holy Jesus you old people need to realize your comments go through a moderation process before being posted.

  14. Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 5:27 am

    I have to wonder if those of you criticizing the VOLUNTEERS could have done a better job?
    I doubt it. I know I couldn’t do the work that these firefighters VOLUNTEER to do.

    I’m just glad to read that there were no injuries.
    And thank you to all who VOLUNTEER to do this kind of work.

    • frank on July 2, 2019 at 10:06 am

      volunteers still have to be COMPETENT and available!!!!

      • Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 2:28 pm

        I have been a volunteer FF. Trust me, volunteers go through plenty of training. I completed almost 500 hours of training when I was doing it.

  15. Babygirls Mom on July 2, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Hmmm..now SOF Market has plenty of parking.

    • Jennifer on July 2, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      Spell check yourself
      Daughter of old guy who owns building. OBTW God love ya

  16. Jim markee on July 2, 2019 at 10:53 am

    We were there when the first first started. Must have been excellerants. Went fast and hot.

    • Just stop, before you hurt yourself on July 2, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      It was an old, empty building!…with open windows! No modern day materials or safety features. Of course it went fast and hot!

      Some of you do not fully engage your brains before you start typing. SMH

    • johnny5 on July 2, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      or could of actually been the tar on the roof combined with the 50+ year old lumber huh

      • Anonymous on July 5, 2019 at 5:12 pm

        Someone who understands!

  17. Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Volunteer firefighters are often more effective, efficient, and knowledgeable than career firefighters. I am thankful for St. Mary’s County Volunteers.

    • Anonymous on July 2, 2019 at 1:21 pm

      LMFAO! Are you really that stupid? Really? LO freaking L!!

  18. YouGetWhatYouPayFor on July 2, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Effective, efficient and knowledgeable at running carnivals, bingos and raffles. They need to leave the firefighting to the career firefighters. Stop wasting our tax dollars on your expensive hobby.

    • Anonymous on July 3, 2019 at 6:53 am

      Then why don’t you show them how it is done. Instead of sitting behind a computer acting like a big guy. May I remind you. These are volinteers. Not paid. So yes. You are getting your money worth.

      • Becky Mattingly on July 3, 2019 at 4:27 pm

        When you can’t even spell volunteer, please don’t try to defend them. They waste Fire Tax money on toys, not salaries, are you not aware of that? Please get up from the keyboard and go outside the firehouse…..

        • Anonymous on July 6, 2019 at 9:08 am

          That’s for correcting the one spelling error in my haste writing. I was upset . What is your excuse for your ignorant comment ?
          I have you know. I was,a firefighter for 45 yrs.
          Probably fighting fires while you were still in nutville.
          Incase you are,wondering where that is. Go ask a grown up

          • okur on July 8, 2019 at 8:54 am

            ant ant try again…they need more training other than washing their fawr trucks ,,,fgihting these fires aint a game.

    • Anonymous on July 3, 2019 at 8:56 am

      My son ran volunteer for years then went to another county as paid firefighter. The training he received here as a volunteer covered 90% of his certification requirements for the paid job. The only thing he needed was more time driving the large trucks, and he didn’t really want to do that anyway because the drivers rarely enter the structures on fire. So don’t tell me about the volunteers not being qualified.

      You want paid firefighters? Fine. Add his salary and overtime pay plus benefit costs and retirement funds, you can expect to pay around $200,000 a year per firefighter. Get out your checkbook.

    • Anonymous on July 4, 2019 at 12:37 am

      Statistically speaking, most firefighters in our county are paid firefighters from up the road. Training is the same.

  19. Anonymous on July 4, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Most firefighters in our county are paid up the road. You so not have a valid argument.

    • SendInTheClowns on July 4, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      Yeah! So they can support their hobby down here. They are probably squirrels up the road too!

  20. business owner on July 5, 2019 at 9:02 am

    need that insurance money for a new state of the art building i see ya! im next on this list this is how you beat the system great job!!!

  21. Volunteer wedgie picker on July 6, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Volunteer firefighters are worthless and lazy. They are usually cat lovers who never find a partner because the are A. Super thick or “big boned” or B. Never were able to make friends in school because they were still wearing the wedgie from the day before. PS that’s def from rubber burning aka the tires and the “boom”.

  22. Anonymous on July 6, 2019 at 10:07 am

    You’re right volunteer wedgie picker. They are already awake in the middle of the night because they sleep all day at their 9-5 job due to diabetes and thyroid issues. I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a girl who said they only become volunteers to make friends because the “real world” rejects them. I heard they party at the buffet in leonardtown and the ASPCA. They must serve goodies at the volunteer fire house.

  23. real fire fighter on July 8, 2019 at 8:56 am

    VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTERS NEED MORE TRAINING THEY SUCK!

    • Spray4Ticks on July 8, 2019 at 9:04 pm

      That’s not fair! They are great at calling Bingo and organizing parades!

      • Hooterz on July 9, 2019 at 8:20 am

        LMAO!!

  24. Anonymous on July 8, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    I will put up any volunteer firefighter against a paid members any day. They are just as good as paid. Not all volunteers are party people. Just because this county has a few. Does not mean every volinteers are bad.I bet you will appreciate seeing them in your time of need. Or are you going to say. No thanks. I will waite for the paid firefighters

    • NEXT on July 9, 2019 at 8:18 am

      then your dumb…and i will never grant you that wish to do so.

    • Mary on July 9, 2019 at 8:19 am

      i would say NO THANKS NEXT!

    • Lt. Ward on July 9, 2019 at 9:20 pm

      Geez! Go back to school, or get some help in forming a concise sentence. Are both your parents cousins and volunteers?