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September 28, 2013

Diamond’s Lounge, 19 apartments ordered closed

FROSTBURG —  The Office of the State Fire Marshal has issued an order to have all occupants of Diamond Apartments vacate the structure, close Diamond’s Lounge and limit the seating capacity of the Acropolis Restaurant due to alleged violations of the State Fire Prevention Code.  

The order remains in effect until the building meets the requirements of the State Fire Prevention Code.  

Deputy state fire marshals along with the regional fire protection engineer discovered serious code violations during a joint inspection with an officer from Frostburg City Code Enforcement on Thursday, according to a news release issued by the fire marshal’s office.

Violations included (but are not limited to) a non-compliant and antiquated fire alarm system, padlocked doors, no approved means of egress from the third floor, blocked exits in the nightclub, lack of the restaurant commercial cooking equipment meeting current standards and a piece of lumber used as a locking mechanism on the restaurant’s rear door.  

A total of 19 apartments are located in the building above the popular restaurant and nightclub located at 43-53 E. Main St.

Nineteen people reportedly reside in 16 of the units.

All occupants must be vacated by 4 p.m. Monday and a fire watch must be maintained until then.  

While the bar will be closed indefinitely, the restaurant will remain open with seating limited to 49 patrons, according to the fire marshal’s office.

Representatives with the Department of Social Services will be available on Monday at 9 a.m. at the Frostburg Community Center, 27 Water St., to assist with the relocation of the displaced occupants.   

 The Office of the State Fire Marshal was assisted by the city of Frostburg, Frostburg City Code Enforcement and Frostburg City Police Department.

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