Studio Fire

UPDATE: 2/25/15

Well, things are moving from a crawl to a not-so-slow-crawl! The landlord is moving forward with repairs to the roof (that will really happen in March) as we keep dodging snow, like the rest of the country.

We're leaving the Fire Fund up for a few more weeks in March, as we must budget for another dumpster rental and another three months of off-site storage/space rental.

Thanks to all who have helped! If you can buy one of my cartoons or throw something in the tip jar or can contribute to the Fire Fund links provided, I can't thank you enough!

All sales for the time being are going to help with the cost of off-site storage for the studio until the repairs are completed. Here is Redfield's Etsy gallery with new paintings and Poe cartoons for sale: www.etsy.com/shop/markredfield



(Original Post)

I need your help.

We have set up a temporary fund drive to raise the out-of-pocket expenses as a result of the fire we had at our studios in Baltimore, on Sunday, NOVEMBER 17, 2014.

I'm asking that you give what you can -- $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can help with. We need the money to take care of things like the dumpster/trash removal, temporary space rental until the building is repaired, and to help cover all the other unforeseen cash details that will crop up, before the insurance can help.

Any amount that you give will be greatly appreciated. I will send you an email to thank you. For donations over $25 I'll send you a copy of my magazine “Monsterpalooza”  that actually survived the fire! (It might smell a little smoky, but I want to say “thank you” in some way for your help.)

$.01 to $24 $25 and up (You'll get a MONSTERPALOOZA Magazine! Please include your mailing address)


I got a call from the landlord of the buildings I rent that we (my brother Eric and I) use for our props and sets work. The landlord called Sunday morning, November 17, 2014 at 7:45am.

He said that there had been a fire, and I had better get over there.

I got to the site at about 8:30am, passing two big fire trucks on my way.

When I got there, I met Tony, my landlord, and a fellow called Ted, who lived nearby. They, along with arson detectives, fire investigators and police, filled me in on what happened and what they knew at that point.

It seems that, just before dawn, an individual was setting several fires in the neighborhood, primarily in business dumpsters. The fire he set next to my building was in a thicket of bamboo and a wooden fence. A fence that separates the alley from a residential property. The fire the arsonist set in the bamboo quickly spread toward the yard of the residential property, and engulfed and destroyed two classic cars. The fire then began to spread to my building. The folks who own the classic cars woke to the sound of the fire snapping and crackling the bamboo, and call the fire department. They put the fire out by 7am.

One of the businesses whose dumpster was set on fire, captured video of the arsonist. A clear description is with the police.

We estimate that we have lost about $20,000 in sets and scenery and things. Nothing irreplaceable and the insurance should help us. But that will take time, and that's why we're asking for a little help now.

We need help now in covering the immediate, out-of-pocket expenses of clean up, and to find temporary space for storage for the winter months, and other incidentals related to clean-up and repair, as we await the insurance, both ours and the landlord’s (to repair the roof and other building damages).

So if you can, contribute $25, $50, $100—whatever you can to help, and although I can't repay you, I can send you a copy of the magazine that survived the fire. Over $25 please include your mailing address in the message.

If it isn't one thing, it's another…Luckily, no one was hurt, and we weren't in the middle of building a job for a client and had it destroyed by fire. There is always a silver-lining.

Thank you for helping.


Mark Redfield


It's been a week since the fire, and we've had some progress. Both our insurance company and our landlord's insurance company have been notified about the fire. Papers and photos filed. We are waiting to see where all of that goes, and how long it takes, before the building is repaired, etc. No word if the suspect, who was caught on a nearby business's video camera, has been caught or not.

Also, this week we have raised enough for the dumpster to haul a good portion of the destroyed property away. Thank you to all who have contributed something to this fund! We plan to do that removal soon after Thanksgiving weekend.

We still have more things to take care of, including some storage rental to cover us for the winter months, so please give what you can! Thank you!

UPDATE 11/30/14

This Thanksgiving weekend, I am thankful that no one was hurt, that nothing that was lost was irreplaceable, and for the friends who have pitched in to help us out.

Not much to update: we will get a dumpster sometime the second week of December to remove the damaged sets and debris. Still no word if they caught the firebug...

I'm looking forward to what tomorrow brings. All-in-all, a good holiday weekend, spent re-charging batteries, organizing work, and getting things done around the house that had been put off during the summer, recuperating.

- MR

If you'd like to get in touch with me, please email info@poeforevermore.com or call 443-240-7527.

You can also help buy purchasing one of my paintings if you wish. I'll use every penny on this transition period with the studio.

My Etsy gallery is HERE: https://www.etsy.com/shop/markredfield


$.01 to $24 $25 and up (You'll get a MONSTERPALOOZA Magazine! Please include your mailing address)