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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.

WOC Residential Structure Fire

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a reported residential structure fire located at 9605 Stephen Decatur Highway, Ocean City, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 8 pm on July 9, 2016 the Ocean City 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 fire extending through the roof of a single story residential structure. The structure involved in the fire was located in the woods which made suppressing the fire difficult. The fire was quickly contained to the structure of origin. No injuries were reported. The structure involved in the fire was not occupied at the time of the fire. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 or by email at mowens@co.worcester.md.us.

New Hazardous Materials Vehicle

The Worcester County Special Hazards Response Team is pleased to have accepted delivery of a new 2016 Hackney Light Rescue to be placed in service as the new Hazmat 1. This unit is replacing a 1982 Ford/Swab rescue truck. Several members of the Fire Marshal's Office traveled to Washington, NC to inspect and verify the vehicle met our specifications. Our most sincere thanks to the Worcester County Commissioners who approved the purchase of the vehicle and their continued support of the hazardous materials team. The vehicle will be housed along with other hazmat equipment at the Worcester County Fire Training Center in Newark.

Pocomoke City Shed Fire

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a reported shed fire located at 710 Clarke Avenue, Pocomoke City, Maryland in Worcester County.  At approximately 4 pm on June 25, 2016 the Pocomoke, Stockton and New Church Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported residential structure fire at the above mentioned address.  Upon the fire departments arrival, they reported fire extending from a shed located to the rear of the dwelling.  The fire was quickly contained to the shed of origin.  No injuries were reported.  The shed involved in the fire is owned by Maria Voitiuc.  The property is occupied by Donald Bilski  The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined.  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.

Hazardous Materials Incident In Somerset County

On Monday June 27, 2016 the Worcester County Special Hazards Response Team (SHRT) was requested to respond mutual aid to Somerset County for a fire in a commercial structure with hazardous materials involved. At approximately 3:30 PM the SHRT was alerted to respond to Chesapeake Boats, Inc. at 5030 Crisfield Highway in Crisfield, Maryland. The team assembled on scene and provided technical identification of hazards and deployed oil absorbent materials to minimize chemical runoff into nearby ditches and waterways. The situation was turned over to the Maryland Department of the Environment for further cleanup and monitoring actions.

Scher's in Pocomoke

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office has investigated a fire at Scher's in downtown Pocomoke City at 136 Market Street.  The fire occurred at 9:30AM on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  All occupants were able to escape the building.  No injuries were reported.  The fire was contained to the second floor.  An area where dress steaming was processed.  Smoke damage was reported throughout the entire buidling.  The fire was quickly extinguished and the cause contributed to a faulty steamer.  Fire companies from Pocomoke, Stockton, Girdletree and New Church responded to the fire.

Photo Courtesy Pocomoke VFD

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