One day after the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) announced it was closing in response to COVID-19 concerns, an outdoor fire broke out on the museum’s campus. And investigators say two juveniles are to blame.
A passerby noticed the fire around 2:30 Sunday afternoon–a time when the museum would usually be busy with visitors. The St. Michaels Fire Department extinguished the fire and the State Fire Marshal’s Office launched an investigation with the St. Michaels Police Department.
Investigators determined two boys 11 and 12 years old set lumber on fire on the property of the museum, causing $500 worth of damage. The boys were charged on Tuesday with Malicious Burning Under $1,000 and Malicious Destruction of Property, and were released to their parents.
No one was injured in the fire.
–Meg Walburn Viviano