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Pocomoke Middle School Gas Leak

On Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8:15AM the Fire Marshal's Office responded with the Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company for a report of a gas leak at the Pocomoke Middle School located on 8th Street in Pocomoke, MD.  Arriving firefighters discovered a strong odor of gas inside the building.  The school was evacuated, the gas leak located and mitigated.  The cause was constributed to a heating system located on the roof.  

Pocomoke Hazmat (Animal Waste Spill)

On Wednesday night August 30, 2017 at 9:20PM the Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a spill near the intersection of Rt 13 and Lynden Avenue.  Upon arrival there was an unknown substance found spread along a several hundred feet area of the roadway.  With the assistance of the County's Special Hazards Response Team it was determined to be animal waste and contribute to a motor carrier hauling the waste.  The carrier was located out of Delaware.  The spill was unkown to the driver.  State Highway had an environmental contractor respond and clean up the waste.

Pocomoke Family of Seven Left Homeless After Fire

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office has investigated a fire which left a family of seven (7) homeless.  The fire occurred during a severe thunderstorm on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 8:59PM.  Arriving firefighters found heavy fire and smoke in the attic area of the two story single family home located at 1851 Cypress Road in Pocmoke, Maryland.  Firefighters from Pocmoke, Stockton, Snow Hill and New Chruch responded to the fire.  The home was occupied at the time of the fire.  No injuries were reported.  The house is owned by David Merrill of Pennsylvania and occupied the the James Jones, Jr. family.  The cause of the fire is contributed to a lightening strike.  The family was assisted by the American Red Cross.  Anyone with additioanl information or questions is asked to call Deputy Fire Marshal Chris Vieira at 410.632.5666 ext. 5.

Outside Scene Photo: Courtesy Pocomoke Vol. Fire Co.

Falling Electrical Power Line Causes Fire

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office investigated a residential house fire.  The fire occurred at 13303 Assateague  Road in Berlin on July 4, 2017.  Arriving firefighters found the 4:55PM fire extinguished.  The fire was extinguished by the home owner and contained to an electrical power strip near the living room entertainment center.  The cause of the fire is contributed a downed exterior power line which created an "open neutral" condition which caused a surge in the house.  No injuries were reported in the fire.  Damage was limited to the living room entertainment center.

Bishopville Garage Fire

On Sunday, June 11, 2017 the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a structure at 10719 Bishopville Road.  Arriving firefighters found a detact residential garage well involvded in fire.  Fire companines from Bishopville, Showell, Ocean Pines, Berlin and Selbyville.  The cause of the fire is under investigation by the County's FIre Marshal's Office.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Fire Marshal, Robert Korb.

Snow Hill Resident Injured In Outside Control Burn

On Saturday, May 27, 2017 at approximately 7PM a female resident of Snow Hill walked into the Snow Hill Firehouse with injuries substained in a outdoor control burn of brush.  The female subject was transported to PRMC in Salisbury by Snow Hill EMS and later transfered to the Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore.  The cause of the fire is accidental in nature and blamed on the improper use of a flammable liquid (Gasoline).  The incident took place at 5210 Bayside Road in Snow Hill near Public Landing.  Fire Marshal McMahon urges all County residents and visitors to use precautions when burning outside fires.