A three-alarm fire at the Watergate Village Apartments in Eastport on Monday caused nearly $250,000 in damage, according to preliminary estimates.
The fire, which started shortly after 10 a.m. at the six-floor building in the 700 block of Americana Drive, drew about 50 firefighters from Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and the Naval Academy, said Annapolis fire Battalion Chief Michael Lonergan.
The fire started in a fifth-floor apartment, where plumbers were using a torch to fix a shower fixture. The insulation caught fire, and the flames extended to the roof rafters, Lonergan said. The plumbers tried to extinguish the fire, then called the building's management company, who called 911.
"If we had gotten earlier notification, it certainly would have been a lot less damage," Lonergan said.
No one was hurt in the blaze.
Two apartments on the fifth floor sustained extensive fire damage. As of yesterday, at least 12 apartments in the 44-unit building couldn't be inhabited because of smoke and water damage, and Lonergan said it could be as many as 23.