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Historic Strawbridge Home for Boys catches fire, collapses

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 10:50:46-04

ELDERSBURG, Md. — The Sykesville Fire Department battled flames at The Historic Strawbridge Home for Boys in Eldersburg.

Around 8 p.m. on Friday, firefighters headed to Strawbridge Terrace at Sareno Drive to put out a fire.

The second floor collapsed into the first floor. The first floor was deemed too unstable to walk on, but still held in some areas.

By 8:20 p.m., the fire was under control.

At the time of the fire, the house was abandoned.

There are currently no reported injuries.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says it was about $510,000 in damages.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire. Anyone who has information please call (410) 836-4844.

Strawbridge Home for Boys, established in 1923 and opened on December 16, 1924, was the last of the three homes operated by the Baltimore Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The home was named for Robert Strawbridge, the first Methodist preacher in the United States. The home was open to boys aged four to eight years of any denomination.