Recovery efforts underway from recent 3 alarm fire in
September 5, 2007 – September 12th, 2007
09/02/2007 Mount Airy Fire Photos by SD and M Dorrance
In the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 2, the town of
The damage is estimated to be around $4 million for six businesses, and five apartments destroyed in the historic main downtown business district of
An empty lot vacated by a fire which destroyed a grocery store a number of years ago separated the fire from the newly renovated Town Hall, which was unharmed.
Two buildings were destroyed, the Watkins building owned by Bill Chapman and the Bohn building owned by Rob Scranton. The American Red Cross provided assistance for the displaced apartment residents.
Over a hundred firefighters from Carroll, Frederick, Montgomery, and Howard counties fought the blaze. There no reports of injuries.
Fighting the fire was reported to have been difficult and complicated by a relatively narrow
The small town of about 8,200 residents which straddles the
Mount Airy Councilwoman Wendi Peters, a 3rd generation elected town official said she was at the fire most of day on Sunday. “The fire brought back sad memories of the mill fire (in 1969.) I was young at the time. My father was a firefighter. I will always remember the charred smell… from the smoke.”
The fire was “shocking and devastating” as she watched the fire with many of the town’s residents. “There were a lot of heavy hearts. I spent a great deal of time talking with the business owners and helping feed the firefighters. We have a really strong community and we will rebuild. But it will take the entire community.”
U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, Dist.-6, and various state and
“It is our hope that by next week the businesses will have a base of operations (in the modular buildings),” said Peters. “It was clear at the (emergency town council) meeting (the night after the fire,) from telephone calls and e-mails that the community is coming together behind rebuilding.”
Donations to help those affected by the fire can be left at the