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Two alarm fire breaks out at Camp Airy in Thurmont

Two alarm fire breaks out at Camp Airy in Thurmont
Two alarm fire breaks out at Camp Airy in Thurmont
Posted at 12:46 PM, Jun 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-30 02:46:04-04

THURMONT, Md. — For nearly 100 years, Camp Airy has been a summer destination for many Jewish children.

On Wednesday morning, a two alarm fire broke out at the boys sleepover camp tucked at the base of the Catoctin Mountains in Thurmont.

Just before 7:30am crews were called for a fire inside the campus dining hall known as the 'White House.'

The property is about seven-miles from the Presidential retreat, Camp David.

Two alarm fire breaks out at Camp Airy in Thurmont

Although the camp was open and in session, no one was injured or around the dining hall at the time it went up in flames.

Firefighters were called in from Pennsylvania to help Frederick County crews contain the blaze.

“It took approximately a hundred firefighters about three hours to place the fire under control," said Sarah Campbell of Frederick County Fire and Rescue. "Crews were able to keep the fire contained to the dining hall of Camp Airy.”

The camp said meals were still able to be served and activities carried on as planned, despite the fire.

“We did return to activities this morning. We took care of breakfast, morning meds, snacks. Kids were active around camp," said Marty Rochlin, Camp Director. "A lunch plan is in effect right now. We are planning to carry on camp as regular as possible.”

The cause is currently under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office.

If you would like to donate to the camp to help rebuild it's dinning hall, click here.