Photo: Maryland State Fire Marshal/ Facebook

Historic Naval Training Center Burns Down on Susquehanna River

What was left of an historic building on the former Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Port Deposit is now a total loss following a fire Wednesday.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire. Water Witch Fire Volunteer Company responded to the scene along with the Susquehanna Hose Company around noon Wednesday. It took five hours to get the fire under control, and Water Witch reports that one firefighter was taken to the hospital.

The fire required rural water supply operations, according to Water Witch Volunteer Fire Company. Photo: Maryland State Fire Marshal/Facebook

The abandoned building is part of a 1,100-acre campus on the northeast bank of the Susquehanna River, where a naval training base operated from 1942 to 1976. It was also home to the Tome School for Boys.

The fire marshal’s office says Bainbridge “has been the site of numerous fires over the years dating back to the ’80s.” A fire on the property in 2018 was ruled arson. The campus is overgrown with few of the more than 500 structures it once housed still intact.

-Meg Walburn Viviano