Crab Shack Burns, Fundraiser Supports Workers Who Lost Jobs: Official

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Jumbo Jimmy's Crab Shack burned Nov. 12 in Port Deposit, fire officials said. The scene is pictured above. (Courtesy of the Harford County Fire and Rescue Department)

Patch Field Editor Kristin Danley-Greiner wrote this story.

PORT DEPOSIT, MD — Volunteer firefighters from several Harford County fire departments and companies were called to help battle a two-alarm fire that broke out Nov. 12 at Jumbo Jimmy's Crab Shack in Port Deposit. Nearly 20 fire companies joined forces to fight the quickly spreading fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage.

The restaurant had reopened a few months ago under new ownership with a new menu, according to its Facebook page. It has been a fixture in the area for 20 years.

The first alarm sounded around 10:30 a.m. for the fire at Jumbo Jimmy's Crab Shack, located at 1065 Bainbridge Road. Initial reports were for a propane tank fire behind the back of the restaurant. The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s investigation report states the fire started in an interior kitchen.

Multiple tankers and fire engines were on the scene before fire alarm mutual aid companies. Multiple units were called to help The Community Fire Company of Perryville Maryland Inc., including several from Harford County: Susquehanna Hose Company, Level Volunteer Fire Company, Aberdeen Fire Department, Darlington Volunteer Fire Company and an engine from Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire and Emergency Services.

Mutual aid companies from Cecil County, Harford County, Maryland State Police, Chester County in Pennsylvania, Lancaster County in Pennsylvania and New Castle County in Delaware responded to the scene to help with fire and overhaul operations.

The fire was brought under control shortly after 4 p.m.

Jumbo Jimmy’s manager, Sophia Heverin, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to support the 22 full- and part-time employees who lost their jobs before the holidays.

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