Photo: Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department
STEVENSVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Deputy State Fire Marshals and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police are working together to determine the cause of the fire on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Sunday.
At about 5:45 p.m., construction material and debris under the bridge went up in flames causing all westbound traffic lanes to be closed for more than an hour. It also caused one lane of traffic heading eastbound to close.
A thick cloud of smoke could be seen coming from the bridge.
"The one alarm fire was placed under control within 15 minutes by eleven firefighters responding from the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department," the Deputy State Marshal said in a release.
Officials say the fire occurred in a section of the bridge designated for construction waste and it was contained to that area - which is being refurbished.