On April 30, 2024, an early morning fire destroyed a well-known Cecil County meat butchering shop, causing an estimated $2.5 million in damages. Around 0545, firefighters were called to Galvinell Meat Company, located on Ragan Road in Conowingo, for a building fire. Firefighters from the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof. Multiple fire departments, including around 50 firefighters from Cecil, Harford, Lancaster and Chester counties, responded to the two-alarm fire, helping to bring the blaze under control in just over an hour. A team of Deputy State Fire Marshals determined the cause was an employee working when he first observed a fire within the ceiling area of the utility room. The fire quickly spread throughout the attic of the business. Galvinell’s is a USDA federally inspected plant that provides farmers of Cecil County and beyond with custom slaughter of beef, lambs, goats, and hogs.

– Photos courtesy of The Community Fire Company of Rising Sun, and Maryland State Fire Marshal