On April 30, 1960, an electrical fire broke out in the tower.
The two keepers, both young Coast Guardsmen, fought the fire
with extinguishers until it spread toward the 500 lb propane
tank. The two men barely escaped before the tank exploded,
engulfing the station in flames. The fire was finally extinguished
after six hours, but the station was gutted. After the fire, the
light was automated. The interior floors, brink masonry lining,
and all exterior structure were removed. Today, the lighthouse
is an empty cast-iron shell, and a nesting site for ospreys.
As of 2006, the lighthouse was up for sale, with the light
remaining an active aid to navigation.
Bay Beacons, Turbyville pp. 48-51
The Lighthouses of the Chesapeake, de Gast p. 123
Lighting the Bay: Tales of Chesapeake Lighthouses, Vojtech p. 74