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October is National Fire Prevention Month

The month of October is Fire Prevention Month. This year Fire Prevention Week is October 9 - 15, 2016. The Worcester County Commissioners will recognize this week with a proclamation. On Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 10AM, the County Commissioners will present the proclamation to the County's Fire Service. The theme for Fire Prevention this year is, "Don't Wait, Check The Date" and replace smoke alarm every 10 years.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

During the week, local Worcester County volunteer fire companies will be visiting area schools and promoting fire safety. The County's Fire Marshal's Office will assist the local volunteer fire companies with the week and month's activities. Also during the month the County's Fire Marshal's Office will conduct several fire prevention talks at area businesses and civic organizations.

Assist Pocomoke Police

On Sunday, September 25, 2016 at approximately 9:30PM the Fire Marshal's Office was requested to assist Pocomoke Police Department with a juvenile who had poured a flammable liquid on a city street and set fire. The incident and all charging documents were handled by the Pocomoke City Police Department.

Assist WCSO & MSP at Crime Scene with Fire

On Monday, September 12, 2016 at approximately 2PM the Fire Marshal's Office was requested to respond to the scene at 2242 Groton Road in Pocomoke, Maryland. This location was the scene of a double homicide and suicide which resulted in a fire as the Sheriff's office forced entry. The cause of the fire is listed as accidental. All deaths in the incident were not related to any fire causes. The County Fire Marshal's Office conducted an origin and cause fire investigation and assisted the Worcester County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police Crime Lab. Any further inquiries should be directed to the Worcester County Sheriff's Office.

Frontiertown Marine Hazmat Incident

The Worcester County Special Hazards Response Team was alerted for a fuel spill at 8428 Stephen Decatur Highway in Berlin, Maryland. The location was for a fuel spill in the waterway at the Frontiertown Campground area. The County's Hazmat Team responded and noted a sheen of fuel on the water and located the source as a boat moored at the campground. The Hazmat Team was able to contain the spill and applied absorbing floating booms to assist with the clean up.

Residential Structure Fire in Pocomoke

On Thursday, August 4, 2016 at approximately 12:39 PM, the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched for a residential structure fire at 407 Bonneville Avenue in Pocomoke City, Maryland. Upon arrival, crews observed smoke coming from a single story, single family residence and found a fire in the kitchen of the home. Crews quickly knocked the fire and remained on scene for approximately 1.5 hours performing overhaul operations. The home is owned and occupied by Chenita Harris. A fire investigation revealed the fire originated from unattended cooking on the stove. No injuries were reported. Pocomoke was assisted by Stockton, Girdletree and New Church, VA volunteer fire departments. Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Korb, Jr. at 410-632-5666 Ext. 4.

Residential Structure Fire in Newark

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a reported residential structure fire located at 5952 Basket Switch Road, Newark, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 5 pm on July 25, 2016 the Newark, Snow Hill, Girdletree, and Berlin Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported residential structure fire at the above mentioned address. Upon the fire departments arrival, they reported smoke extending from a two story residential structure. The fire was quickly contained to the area of origin which was in the ceiling of a first floor bedroom. The dwelling involved in the fire is owned and occupied by Carl and Mary Black. No injuries were reported. The fire was caused by an overloaded electrical circuit. Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 or by email at mowens@co.worcester.md.us.

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