‘Miss Twist’ Ice Cream Truck Destroyed by a Fire Last Week in Locust Point

| September 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last Wednesday, one of the Miss Twist ice cream trucks caught fire on E. McComas St. between Locust Point and Port Covington. While the truck was destroyed, there were no injuries.

Miss Twist posted the following to its Facebook page after it happened:


Unfortunately one of our trucks caught on fire today. We are still processing what has happened and appreciate everyone reaching out to us with all the love and concern. We love you all and will keep you updated (heart emojis)

Miss Twist, which can often be spotted driving through South Baltimore, has two other trucks and a storefront in Essex. It is owned by Don and Tammy Radtke.

The Radtke’s children started a GoFundMe to help raise funds to replace the truck. From the description:

We would like to thank everyone who has reached out and commented with so much love and support. This means the world to us.

On September 23rd, while on the way to the route in Locus Point, one of the Miss Twist Ice Cream trucks caught on fire and was destroyed.

My brother, sister, and I, with the help and support of longtime customers, started this Go Fund Me page for our parents, Tammy and Don, owners of Miss Twist Ice Cream. Over the years, we have watched our parents work hard and create something wonderful and then, in a matter of minutes, watched part of it go up in flames.

Over 25 years ago, they started with one truck working in one neighborhood. They grew to serve more neighborhoods, attend community events, and opened a store front location. They have put their heart into Miss Twist, turning it into so much more than an ice cream cone. For many, Miss Twist is a family friend. Her favorite part of the job is the joy that she can give her customers with every order. This October will be 26 years of serving the families and businesses in the Locus Point and Federal Hill area, where it all began.

So many of you have reached out to our parents, asking to fundraise, to set up a go fund me page, offering help and more. Our parents have only ever worked for everything they have. Even in a time of great loss, it is not in their character to ask for help. We are starting this page for them because this is a huge loss, because 2020 has been a hard year even without the fire, and because if anyone deserves a lending hand, it is them.

This truck accounts for over 50% of their income. If you want to help, your support is beyond appreciated. You can also support by visiting the store location and the 2nd truck at upcoming public events.

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