Fire at Calvert Co. winery causes estimated $2.5M in damage

Firefighters responded to Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick, Maryland, just after 6 a.m. Monday, said the Office of the State Fire Marshal. (Courtesy Office of the State Fire Marshal)

Damage from a Monday morning fire at a Calvert County, Maryland, winery is estimated at $2.5 million.

It happened at Running Hare Vineyard, in Prince Frederick, Maryland.

Firefighters responded to the winery’s manufacturing and bottling building just after 6 a.m., said the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Thirty firefighters were called in from four volunteer departments: Prince Frederick, Huntingtown, Dunkirk and St. Leonard. It took crews about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.

Investigators estimate $200,000 in damages to the single-story structure, and $2.3 million in damages to the contents, which included wine stock and equipment for manufacturing and maintenance.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

On its website, Running Hare Vineyard is described as “a little bit of Tuscany and Napa in Southern Maryland.”

Michelle Basch

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