Cause of Clarysville Inn Fire Under Investigation

The cause of a fire at the Clarysville Motel early this morning is under investigation according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire broke out at about 1:20am today March 8th in room 107 of the single story motel on National Highway in Frostburg, The four alarm fire included more than 100 firefighters from around the region who battled the blaze for two hours. The fire caused about $250,000 in damage. The motel is separated into two wings, the east wing was unaffected by the fire and occupants returned to their rooms. Anyone with information is requested to contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 301-766-3888.

According to a press release from the Allegany County Department of Emergency services firefighters from four counties battled a four alarm fire at the Clarysville Inn located at 16302 National Highway early Sunday morning, according to emergency services officials. 

“The Allegany County Joint Communications began taking calls reporting a fire in the building just before 1 a.m. Sunday,” according to Lt. Todd Bowman, the public information officer for the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services. “First arriving units arrived on scene and requested additional units.” 

Joint Communications dispatches units from Frostburg, Shaft, Midland, Barton, Lonaconing, Westernport, Mt. Savage, Corriganville, Ellerslie, LaVale, Bedford Road, Rawlings, Bowling Green and Cresaptown. Units from Garrett, Mineral, Washington and Berkeley counties also responded to the incident. Fire units on scene were supported by EMS units from Allegany County Department of Emergency Services, George’s Creek and LaVale. The total number of emergency responders is estimated to be greater than 100. 

“One person was transported by an Allegany DES ambulance from the scene to UPMC Western Maryland,” Bowman said. “The patients condition is not known at this time.” 

Frostburg City Police, Allegany County Sheriff’s Department, Maryland State Police and the (Maryland) State Fire Marshall’s Office responded to the scene. 

With multiple incidents and the depletion of resources, Allegany County was placed into Emergency Call Mode. 

“With large scale incidents or when the county has multiple incidents during a short period of time that depletes the resources, whether it be fire apparatus or EMS units, the Joint Communications Center enter Emergency Call Mode,” Deputy Director Roger Bennett said. “By doing this it brings additional staffing in to local stations around the county and our communication specialists can communicate directly with the station to ensure emergency’s are handled most appropriately.” 

The county remained in emergency call mode for approximately 5 hours after the incident, Bennett said. 

“Emergency call mode was lifted after 5 a.m. Sunday,” according to Bowman.