Bolen's Bull Pen restaurant a 'total loss' after Tuesday night fire

Heavy fire broke out at Bolen’s Bull Pen on Tuesday night, Feb. 26, officials said. One civilian was transported to Carroll Hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. No firefighters were injured while controlling the fire.

The chief of the Sykesville-Freedom volunteer fire company observed heavy fire through the roof upon arrival and called for extra units to the Eldersburg pit beef restaurant located at 19 W. Old Liberty Road, according to a spokesman for the fire company.


“Luckily there was no one inside, the place was closed for business,” said Robert Farver, spokesman for the Winfield volunteer fire company.

The building was declared a total loss following the fire. The loss was estimated at $150,000 to the structure and $350,000 to the contents, according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

The first call for service came at 7:48 p.m. and units from Winfield, Sykesville, Gamber, Mounty Airy and West Friendship of Howard County responded. The fire was under control within about 40 minutes.

“All the firefighters worked together to get everything under control,” Farver said.

Roads were closed near the fire scene to prevent drivers from running over hoses and equipment, which causes a safety risks to them and interferes with the water supply for firefighting efforts.

Fire investigators believe the fire originated in the roof assembly and are working to determine the cause, which remains under investigation, according to the notice.

Friends of the restaurant’s owners have started a gofundme page in support. It can be found at

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the Northeast Regional Office of the OSFM at 410-836-4844.