CHESAPEAKE CITY — All animals are accounted for at Cecil County Animal Services after the shelter experienced a small electrical fire Wednesday around 10:30 a.m., according to CCAS officials.
Chesapeake City, Cecilton, Singerly, Galena, Hacks Point and Middletown fire companies, as well as Cecil County Department of Emergency Services, responded to the animal shelter, located at 3280 Augustine Herman Highway in Chesapeake City.
CCAS staff and animals were evacuated from the building with assistance from Elkton Police Department, and there were no injuries reported, according to county officials.
Fire officials responded to the scene after an employee reported a fire coming from the building’s electrical meter at the rear of the structure, but the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal.
The fire caused an estimated $50,000 in structural damage. The smoke alarm was not activated, and there was not fire alarm or sprinkler present, MOSFM officials reported.
Approximately 30 firefighters brought the fire under control within 20 minutes, according to fire officials.
In the case of an animal emergency, people should dial 911 as the shelter’s phones were still down as of Wednesday afternoon, CCAS posted on Facebook.
CCAS also posted on Facebook, calling on community members who are able to donate food and beverages for staff and volunteers, as well as blankets and sheets for animals.
“Thank you to our entire County! Your compassion at this dire time is greatly appreciated,” CCAS officials said. “Our staff and regular volunteers are currently in ‘all hands on deck’ mode. While we do not need people to assist at this time, the shelter is currently without power so any donations of water, sodas, juice, snacks, etc. for our staff and regular volunteers would be wonderfully appreciated. They will be here for extended hours for quite some time. Also, we will be unable to do laundry, so blankets and sheets for our animals are also welcome.”
CCAS officials said they are currently most in need of blankets and linens, individuals who are able to take laundry home for washing, Busy Bones, cat toys, Purina Cat and Kitten Chow, Pedigree Dry and Canned Dog Food, and Nylabones. Donors can consult CCAS’s Amazon wishlist for other items to donate: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2VOTNU0BWGI3K?ref_=wl_share&fbclid=IwAR06U0NGKdr98zZywc97na-fLKWczM9wc3uPQ48RnV3wgQCZGngJjJy0dfU.
Donations may be dropped off at the shelter at 3280 Augustine Herman Highway.
CCAS opened in July 2016 after Cecil County government took over animal services operations for the county. Before that, those services were handled by A Buddy For Life, the contracted animal care and control authority for Cecil County.
CCAS celebrated its three-year anniversary this year.
We will update this story at cecildaily.com as more information becomes available.