This story was updated at 6 p.m. on June 30, 2022 to include additional information

A massive fire erupted Wednesday morning at Camp Airy, a Jewish sleepaway summer camp in Frederick County.

All campers and staff are safe, the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services shared on Instagram.

The fire broke out in the dining hall around 7:30 a.m., Camp Airy shared on Instagram. There were no campers in the building at the time of the fire, the Frederick County fire and rescue officials reported on Instagram. 

Photos show the dining hall engulfed in flames as firefighters worked to put it out.

About 100 firefighters were sent to the boys camp in Thurmont for the two-alarm fire, the division of fire and rescue services said on Facebook. 


A spokesperson for the Frederick County fire and rescue services wasn’t immediately available for comment. 

On Thursday, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington announced it would provide $25,000 to help the camp weather the fire’s immediate aftermath and support rebuilding efforts.

“Jewish summer camp is an incomparable experience,” Gil Preuss, the federation’s CEO, said in a prepared statement. “Many children from our Greater Washington community attend Camp Airy, and we are grateful to Camp Airy’s professional team for their dedication to ensuring that, in spite of this difficult situation, their campers will continue to have a wonderful summer.”


Christine Zhu of Gaithersburg, a rising junior at the University of Maryland who is studying journalism and Spanish, is the Bethesda Beat summer intern.