Historic family-owned Edgewater restaurant damaged by early-morning 3-alarm fire

No hydrants were near The Old Stein Inn, fire officials say

December 31, 2010|By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun

An early-morning fire caused extensive damage Friday to The Old Stein Inn, a well-known family-owned German restaurant in Edgewater in Anne Arundel County.

The fire, in the 1100 block of Central Ave., was discovered about 5:30 a.m. and grew to three alarms before it was contained.

Because there was no hydrant in the area, firefighters were required to break the ice in a creek three-quarters of a mile away to pump water, said Anne Arundel County fire Lt. Cliff Kooser.

Firefighters from the Naval Academy and from Annapolis also responded, he said, and battled icy conditions for more than 90 minutes. Forty pieces of equipment and 89 firefighters were at the scene.

The restaurant, which sustained significant damage to the first-floor serving area and a second-floor office and storage area, is in a 1930-era building that was one of the first gas stations in southern Anne Arundel County.

The restaurant was opened in the early 1980s by Karl and Ursula Selinger, natives of Neustadt, Germany, and it is known for its beer garden and its authentic German food. It is currently operated by their son, Michael Selinger, and his wife, Beth, according to the restaurant's website. The owners live in a separate dwelling on the property, according to Kooser. They could not be reached Friday.

The fire was discovered by a passer-by, who called 911. There were no injuries. The cause is under investigation, and an estimate of damages is pending.

susan.reimer@baltsun.com

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