BLAZE RIPS THRU TALL TIMBERS MARINA – Covered slips and dozen vessels vanish in a fire; no serious injuries; fire began in vintage Matthews yacht

Firefighters from Ridge, Leonardtown, Second District fight fire at Tall Timbers Marina from land and Herring Creek.

TALL TIMBERS, MD. – The historic Tall Timbers Marina was the scene of a devasting fire on June 7, 2023, when a fire that may have originated with a boat exploding when starting the engine and quickly engulfed the covered slip dock. Up to a dozen, boats were destroyed as firefighters from around St. Mary’s County worked to gain control and fight the fire from both Herring Creek and on land. Units from Mechanicsville, Ridge, Second District, and more included the implementation of a ladder truck to control the blaze. One first report is that one person may be unaccounted for. An update from the Maryland Fire Marshal will be included when received. Details are preliminary at this posting.


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Tall-Timbers-Marina-fire-one-possible-missing-as-a-major-part-of-the-marina-and-ten-boats-vanish-in-blaze-on-June-7-2023. Photo courtesy of Mechanicsville VFD.
A-fire-department-ladder-truck-aims-spray-of-water-on-remains-of-burning-boat-dock-at-Tall-Timbers-Marina-on-June-7-2023.-Photos-courtesy-Mechanicsville VFD.

Vintage 1940 Matthews Yacht Exploded, Starting Massive Marina Fire, Witnesses Told Fire Marshal

TALL TIMBERS, MD (June 7, 2023) – The Office of the State Fire Marshal is continuing its investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed close to ten boats and caused nearly $400,000 in damages Wednesday afternoon.

At around 12:30 p.m., Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding fire departments responded to Tall Timbers Marina in the 18500 block of Herring Creek Road for a boat fire. When firefighters arrived, they discovered several boats on fire under a covered pier. Firefighters were assisted by fire boats and battled the two-alarm blaze for nearly an hour before bringing the fire under control.

Witnesses told Deputy State Fire Marshals they heard an explosion come from one of the boats and saw fire quickly spreading to the wooden pier and surrounding boats. While investigators have not identified an exact cause, they concluded the fire started in a 1940, 38-foot Matthew’s wooden boat.

Two people initially reported injuries and refused EMS treatment but later took themselves to the hospital for reportedly minor injuries.

The Maryland Department of the Environment, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the United States Guard assisted on the scene containing the oil runoff and related fuel spills.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office- Southern Regional Office at 443-550-6832.

Tall Timbers Marina Offers 1st Responders a One-Day 10% Discount as Thank You.

Tall Timbers Marina posted this notice on their Facebook Page
As many have seen and heard, the marina experienced an unfortunate event today. While we lost a few boats and a pier, everyone is safe. We would like to thank the many organizations that helped put out the fire and prevent further loss of property.
Tall Timbers Marina and the Reluctant Navigator Restaurant would like to extend a 10% discount to our first responders this Friday (June 9th).
Thank you specifically to the following organizations:
Second District Fire and Rescue Squad
Hollywood Fire Department
Seventh District Fire Department
Bay District Fire Department
NAS Patuxent River Fire Department
Ridge Fire Department
Leonardtown Fire Department
Company 9 Fire Department
Solomon’s Island Fire Department
St Mary’s County Paramedics and EMS
St Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department
United States Coast Guard
Department of Natural Resources
Maryland State Police
Fire Marshall
US Navy
Maryland Department of the Environment
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