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Newark Vehicle Arson Fire

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office was requested to assist the Maryland State Police with a report of a vehicle fire at 9005 Horseshoe Lane, Newark, Maryland.  The fire occurred sometime between the evening hours of January 17, 2017 and the morning of January 18, 2017.  The County Fire Marshal's Office was requested at 12:53 on January 18, 2017.  Upon the arrival of Deputy Fire Marshals, a 2014 white Chevrolet Silverado 4 door pickup was discovered with the interior of the truck damaged by fire.  During the course of the fire investigation it was determined the fire was intentionally set (Arson).  The vehicle was owned by Armondo Saldana - Elarado, Inc.  The cause of the fire is officially listed as "Incendiary".  Anyone with information is asked to call the Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office at 410.632.5666 or the Maryland Arson Hotline at 1-800-492-7529.

 For further information contact Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Korb, Jr. (rkorb@co.worcester.md.us)

Berlin Residential House Fire

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a residential structure fire located at 10117 Greenbriar Drive, Berlin.  At approximately 3:30 pm on January 2, 2016 the Berlin, Showell, Bishopville, Ocean Pines and Ocean City Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported residential structure fire.  Upon their arrival, they observed fire and smoke extending from a two story residential structure.  The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the building of origin.  The dwelling involved in the fire was occupied at the time of fire and all occupants were able to escape with no injuries reported.  The owner/occupant of the dwelling is Robert and Tiffanie Nichols.  The owners, along with their three children and family pet, were able to escape.  The fire originated in a first floor bathroom and is listed as accidental.   Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 or by email at mowens@wcfmo.org.

West Ocean City Residential House Fire

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a residential structure fire located at 12905 Lake Place, West Ocean City.  At approximately 6 pm on December 31, 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 a small fire located on the front porch.  The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the area of origin.  No injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is listed as accidental, cause by the improper storage of hot ashes from a wood burning stove.  Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 or by email at mowens@wcfmo.org.

Building Fire at Snow Hill Lumber Yard

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office is investigated a fire at the Paul Jones Lumber Mill at 324 E. Market Street in Snow Hill on Saturday, December 31, 2016. The 1PM fire was reported as a building fire. Arriving firefighters found the second floor of an outbuilding on fire upon arrival. Fire companies from Snow Hill, Stockton, Girdletree and Newark responded to the 4 company automatic box alarm. The fire was quickly extinguished. The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined. There was an outdoor control burn being conducted in the area and the wind may have played a factor in this fire. Anyone with information is asked to call Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matt Owens at 410.632.5666 or mowens@co.worcester.md.us.

Snow Hill House Fire

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office has investigated a residential house fire which occurred at 309 Purnell Street in Snow Hill on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at approximately 2:30PM. Arriving firefighters were met with heavy smoke and flames visible from the exterior of the structure. Volunteer Fire Companies from Snow Hill, Pocomoke, Stockton, Girdletree and Newark responded on the initial Residential Box Alarm. The Berlin Volunteer Fire Company was cancelled enroute. The house was occupied at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. The house suffered heavy fire damage. Firefighters remained on the scene for two hours. The home was owned and occupied by Virginia Truitt. The cause of the fire is listed as accidental and blamed on the improper use of a heat source (electric baseboard heat).

(Photo: Courtesy Snow Hill Vol. Fire Co.)

Ocean Pines Residential House Fire

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire which was reported on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 1306 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department was alerted to a report of the fire at approximately 6:30PM. Upon the arrival of the fire department the fire was extinguished. The fire was contained to a bedroom with smoke damaged throughout the house. No injuries were reported. The house was owned and occupied by Christian Anthony. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Fire Marshals Christoper Vieira or Rob Korb at 410.632.5666 or cvieira@co.worcester.md.us

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