Fire damages Cambridge Church of the Nazarene

Burnt church
CAMBRIDGE – A team of Deputy State Fire Marshal’s are currently on the scene of a three-alarm church fire at 97 Sandy Hill Road in Cambridge. The single story masonry structure is made up of the original church, built in 1965 and the fellowship hall built in the 1980s. Four members of the church were alerted by the fire alarm system and evacuated the building safely. According to the occupants the fire originated in the ceiling of the fellowship hall.

The 6:31 p.m. blaze required nearly 60 firefighters from 14 volunteer fire departments to respond from Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico and Caroline counties. The blaze was placed under control after approximately 2 ½ hours of rigorous efforts to extinguish the blaze. As result, the bulk of the fire damage was contained to the fellowship hall, allowing the church to remain standing. One firefighter was transported in stable condition to Dorchester General Hospital for a heat related illness.

Investigators are actively working on determining the cause of the blaze. Early estimates of loss to the structure and contents are valued at nearly $600,000.

Lead pastor of the church is Richard K. Prahl assisted by Sharon L. Prahl and Timothy E. Thompson.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an agency of the Department of State Police dedicated to helping protect citizens from fire and explosion through a comprehensive program of education, inspection, investigation and fire protection engineering. For more information on fire safety call 1-800-525-3124, log onto our website at: and/or

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