Fire at Running Hare Vineyard Causes More Than 2.5 Million in Damages in Prince Frederick, Cause Still Under Investigation

September 30, 2019

UPDATE: On Monday, September 30, 2019, at approximately 6:05 a.m., firefighters responded to 150 Adelina Road in Prince Frederick, for the reported smoke investigation.

Crews arrived on the scene to find a 1-story structure fully engulfed.

The owner is Michael Scarborough. The estimated loss of structure is deemed to be $200,000 and contents over $2,300,000.00

30 Firefighters from Prince Frederick, Huntington, Dunkirk, and St. Leonard responded and controlled the fire in approximately 45 minutes.

Sydney Belcher, a nearby neighbor discovered the fire. The origin and cause is still under investigation.

Fire damage occurred to the manufacturing and bottling building located at Running Hare Vineyards. Estimated loss of the building, wine stock, manufacturing and maintenance equipment totals $2.5 million.

The incident remains under investigation by the Southern Regional Office. Anyone with information is asked to contact 443-550-6831.

Updates will be provided when they become available

On Monday, September 30, 2019, at approximately 6:15 a.m., a 911 caller reported a glow off of Adelina Road in Prince Frederick, and firefighters responded for the reported smoke investigation.

First arriving units found a large 2-story structure fully engulfed in flames and requested a working structure fire assignment.

The vineyard released this small statement this morning. “There has been a fire at Running Hare Vineyard in our production facility this morning. There were no injuries. The tasting room and events building were not affected. We will post updates as we have them. We appreciate your concern for our business but we ask you to stay off of the property until further notice.”

No injuries were reported, and firefighters operated on the scene for approximately 3 hours.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is currently investigating the fire.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

All photos are courtesy of the Belcher family, the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, and The Office of the State Fire Marshal.

52 Responses to Fire at Running Hare Vineyard Causes More Than 2.5 Million in Damages in Prince Frederick, Cause Still Under Investigation

  1. Jrock on September 30, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Sounds like insurance fraud to get a new building

    • Rufus on September 30, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks for the info

      • Goodneighbor on September 30, 2019 at 6:02 pm

        Where do you see that they have lost business? That place is always busy and packed…such a shame that people only want to think the worse in Mike and his team.

        • Larry Walsh on October 1, 2019 at 1:38 pm

          Yes, I agree. I was there last month from SC and loved the place. The people there were very kind and friendly. I am 91 and they gave me 300 used corks for my cork board trivet hobby.

        • Brokercheck on October 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm

          Well he did pay a $2,000,000 fine for defrauding investors and was banned from the financial services industry for a time. You can find that info at under their broker check feature

          • TheTruthHurts on October 2, 2019 at 6:02 pm

            If you knew your ass from your knuckle and actually knew how to read the article and knew what the hell you were talking about, you might have found out that your statement is untrue. Zero fraud EVER occurred. You would have known that Class B shares on a systematic basis are less expensive for the customer and generate LESS commission for the adviser, as the sales charges are deferred and go away after a period of years, meaning that instead of paying sales charges up front, most people end up paying no sales charges at the end of the day AND the securities convert to A shares so you end up getting the SAME THING WITHOUT sales CHARGES, that average around 8.5% of the purchase price. You would have also found out that an adviser doing THE SAME THING sued the SEC a few years later and WON, as the practice of trading B shares was in the best interest of their clients and the SEC had NO RIGHT to eliminate the practice. Therefore, Mr. Scarborough was fined for something LEGAL and in the BEST INTEREST of his clients, was FORCED to settle or be run out of business by legal fees trying to fight the SEC for his name, and then wasn’t allowed to countersue to rightfully clear his name and recoup his fine as the SEC deemed his decision final. Next time, before you make claims about someone, know what the hell your talking about, especially given the nature of this loss. It’s not the first time he’s had bad luck.

          • Oh but he was so mistreated by the courts... on October 3, 2019 at 8:32 am

            Oh boy – you struck a nerve there!

            Watch the rebut to follow that.


          • Anonymous on October 5, 2019 at 6:37 am

            In other words, he is guilty and was fined. BOOM!

    • Yeahright on October 1, 2019 at 11:09 am

      Agreed. The timeliness of the fire (end of “busy” season) and the fact that it’s more profitable to file an insurance claim than to continue production, but they still kept the earning potential of the venue? Yeah, no. Arson, 100%. The fact that a neighbor found the blaze and no security measures on the property alerted the owners is also pretty suspicious.

      • Anonymous on October 1, 2019 at 8:32 pm

        100% huh? You’re an idiot. You really are. SMH.

    • Smarter than this dumbass on October 1, 2019 at 6:52 pm


  2. Merlot2Go on September 30, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    They lost a lot of business, due to the other area winery’s opening up. Fire? Gotta pay the bills…..

    • Anonymous on September 30, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      Haha, not even close that’s the premo one around… 90% of those local wivinyards jmport their grapes not when for ..

      • Anonymous on October 2, 2019 at 12:17 pm

        Haha ha, very close. The jig is up!

        • business men they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth on October 3, 2019 at 8:37 am

          Some wino dropped a cigarette and suddenly its the story of the century!

          Securities fraud, arson, broker fraud, and defenders coming out on all sides to argue about it.

          Then the real commentators are censored by the ever-holy SoMD Newsnet Pope.

          Freedom of speech maggots

  3. A. M. on September 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Do the jump to conclusions before all info in. Channel 9 news is wiping egg off their faces right now in reference to another news issue. Turned out somebody lied and channel 9 had proceeded before some things checked out. Whoops!

  4. Anonymous on September 30, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I hope you can rebuild bigger and better than ever!

  5. A Long on September 30, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Wow. Some of the earlier comments are pretty shocking, considering there’s zero evidence of any fraud. Really?!

    • Longer on September 30, 2019 at 8:43 pm

      Hmmm. Standby for the financials…..

  6. ladyhawk on September 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Wow.. Really? Apparently neither of you have any idea what they have and continue to do for our community.

    • BuzzardBoy on September 30, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      Spoken like a true bird brain! Hahaha!

      • Anonymous on October 3, 2019 at 11:53 am

        Says the child. Last time I checked buzzards were birds,too. Epic fail there, junior.

        • Rick Steele on October 3, 2019 at 2:14 pm

          Both of y’all have bird poop for brains.

    • Paul Mason said it himself, nearly a century ago... on October 3, 2019 at 8:42 am

      Perhaps that is because they have done NOTHING – but provide the smoke N mirrors we see here.

      Get real.

      Maryland has no environment, climate, or expertise for cultivating a true superior or even decent grape – perhaps a concord for making jelly at best.

      It is all about the $$$$

  7. Anonymous on September 30, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    prayers and thoughts

    • Ouija Board on September 30, 2019 at 8:46 pm

      And thoughtless prayers.

    • The Anonymous Prayer Warrior on October 1, 2019 at 6:32 am

      Here it is folks……

      The toast of the day – “prayers and thoughts”.

      What a cheap, worthless, meaningless crock of BS to blatantly toss out in print.

      This liar isn’t thinking of them OR praying for them. They couldn’t be bothered.

      No – Just trying to seem “caring” and wants everyone to divert focus momentarily on “THEM”.

      Well aren’t they just SO GOOD? Anonymous – and yet such a caring hypocrite!

      Where are the rest of the “Prayerful Care-Bears”?

      Usually there are a few more, that somehow feel all gooey and warm inside when they can post it.


      • Dr. Oz on October 2, 2019 at 1:05 pm

        Still huffing paint?

        • Anonymous on October 3, 2019 at 8:43 am

          Still exposed as a “fake”, Dr. Oz?

  8. Paula Truitte on September 30, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Unfortunately, people that don’t have anything good in their lives will immediately think negative, bad thoughts. Thank God that no one was injured and I hope you can rebuild. I look forward to your reopening event! God bless.

  9. Bruce D Helmbrecht on September 30, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Prayers Ascending, Hope you can get up and running again soon

    • Anonymous on October 1, 2019 at 6:36 am

      Oh really?

      What do you get out of making a public announcement that “prayers are ascending”?

      If you personally are praying, why the need to go public? Is that your reward?

      Do you want the applause of men?

      • Chey on October 2, 2019 at 9:08 am

        Why need to publically bash someone, hypocrite..

        • I got your hypocrite Chey Wolf on October 3, 2019 at 8:50 am

          Lies need to be exposed. It encourages genuine communications.

          No one bashes truth, people genuinely wanting to, or helping those afflicted.

          Just the fakes tossing out their dry stale bread to the wind,

          garnering only applause from the blind in the crowd, for themselves.

          Take your head from your colon and see what is real.

          Help your brother in need without seeking the fame from spectators.

    • Santa on October 1, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      Hilarious! The Easter Bunny says Hello!

    • Anonymous on October 2, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      More like assending. You’re a complete moron

  10. Cheryl on October 1, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Same thing happened to my she-shed!

    • Khaki wearing State Farm agent on October 1, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      Your she-shed was struck by lightning, but you’re covered.

    • Anonymous on October 3, 2019 at 8:51 am

      If you had some MD-2020 in your shed, you are in the same class as this winery!


  11. Jrock on October 1, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Just because they do good things for community doesn’t mean they can’t do bad things. So of course yall white people will stick together on this crime

    • idiot on October 1, 2019 at 3:17 pm


    • Anonymous on October 2, 2019 at 5:02 am

      The obligatory racist black person has shown up.

    • Ok, OK, so you had to go there on October 3, 2019 at 8:55 am

      Why did you need to say that?

      Yall white people? How do you know the colors of the people and why does that matter?

      I think you were just race baiting to check back later and view the responses.

      It is funny!

      I admit, sometimes I do it myself with this crowd.

  12. Marcus Castro on October 1, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Obviously there are negative people in here that are also very uneducated when it comes to basic science. Alcohol is an accelerant, regardless of its content and will create fumes. There are a ton of reasons why this could have happened, so why not let the professionals investigate, wait for the fire Marshall/inspector report and go with the facts before making ignorant comments. I know the owner and this negative crap people are spewing is not characteristic of the man. Have you sampled from the other local winery’s??? They’re all garbage wine compared to running hare! I’ve been to most of the locals and it’s either grape juice or flavored vinegar.

    • Cabernet? No. Smucker's? Maybe on October 3, 2019 at 9:02 am

      Hey MC!

      How’s brother Fidel now days?

      Don’t make us laugh. Nobody is as ignorant as all that.

      These comments are just that – comments.

      Maryland isn’t California, (despite the despicable state’s stinking liberal government).

      If you are looking for good wine – buy a bottle at the liquor store.

      From repeated abuse, the local wines have dulled your pallet if you start to think it tastes good.

      So funny!

  13. Jrock on October 1, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Pffd will cover it up they need donate for that new building they just build waiting on report if any

    • Grammar Police on October 3, 2019 at 7:16 am

      What grade are you in lad?

  14. Nomore Trolls on October 1, 2019 at 3:18 pm


  15. Jeff Spicoli on October 2, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Sydney Belcher? I know that dude!

  16. Y'all are too far left! on October 4, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    So to put it out there, unless any of you idiots know anybody at the Vineyard keep your mouth shut about anything that you think until the facts come out. When someone has a lot of personal belongings in that building not related to the business whatsoever then you might not want to jump to conclusions. There was more than just stuff to do with the business that was lost. I usually don’t do this, because I hate social media but I think you people need more things to fill out your day.

    • QueToComments on October 5, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      Just a little triggered there, aren’t you Francis? Yep! In the social media realm, nobody cares about you, your feelings, or some average Joe wine. Sorry, but you need to STFU and chill.

  17. ron deer on October 5, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    sheshed lady if you ever run for office, you got my vote. too -funny.