A fire ransacked the historic Annapolis Yacht Club Saturday afternoon leading to several street closures along the waterfront as close to 90 firefighters fought to extinguish the flames.
Though two firefighters and one civilian sustained minor injuries, the building and the yachting artifacts housed within are the only casualties.
"It's a tragedy, but the wonderful news is, this holiday season, they were closed to get ready for the event, so the public wasn't there, the staff got out, everybody was safe," Gov. Larry Hogan said.
As of Monday, the cause of the fire remains unknown, however it has been widely reported that the building, built in the 1970s, was not equipped with a sprinkler system.
With eyes shifting towards the future, Commodore Rod Jabin told media members that the damage to the club was "entirely brick and mortar" and the club has every intent to find a new location and rebuild.
“Our plans include, first and foremost, to try and find a suitable location to relocate the Annapolis Yacht Club and fly our flag from,” Jabin said. “We’ll rebuild and it will be better than it was before and we’re looking forward to that.”
The largest loss in the wake for the fire is the large collection of yachting memorabilia that adorned the clubhouse including several oil paintings and wooden models of prominent yachts.
However, thanks to an offsite archiving effort, any historic documents, such as racing records, were spared from the flames.
To echo Jabin's comments, Gov. Hogan has pledged the city will standby the club and do whatever is needed to help them rebuild.