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Snow Hill Out-buildings Fire

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office has investigated a fire which cause heavy damage to two out-buildings (Sheds) at 4828 Paw Paw Creek Road in Snow Hill.  Arriving firefighters found heavy fire extending from the two sheds.  The fires were quickly extinguished.  No injuries were reported with the fire.  Fire Companines from Snow Hill, Girdletree, Newark and Stockton responded to the 5:55PM fire.  The cause of the fire is listed as accidental and blamed an electrical cords used between the two sheds.  Contact Deputy Rob Korb at 410.632.5666 or rkorb@co.worcester.md.us with questions.

Chimney Fire Causes Structural Damage In Berlin Fire

The Berlin Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a chimney fire at 6:46PM on November 20, 2016 at 11505 Quillin Way. Prior to arrival the alarm was upgrade to smoke in the building which activated the County's Box Alarm system with a response from Ocean City and Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Companies. Fire damage was minimal and contained to the "Chimney Chase". There was smoke damage inside the residence. No injuries were reported in the fire and cause of the fire is listed as accidental. Contact Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matthew Owens for further information.

Delmarva Power Donates Smoke Alarms

County Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon was among other Fire Officials from the upper and lower Eastern Shore of Maryland who attended a meeting where Delmarva Power donated smoke alarms to the local Fire Service. DPL donated 1,500 smoke alarms to the area, in which Worcester County received 120 and Ocean City received 50. The smoke alarm donation program is an annual event where DPL donates the smoke alarms and the local fire authorities along with the State Fire Marshal's Office coordinate the program.

Ocean Pines House Fire Leave Five Homeless

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating an early morning house fire at 173 Sandyhook in Ocean Pines, Maryland. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy fire showing from the two story residence. The fire was a two alarm fire with fire companies from Showell, Bishopville, Ocean City, Newark and Willards in Maryland and several Sussex County, Delaware volunteer fire companies assisting the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Company with the 12:28AM fire. The house was occupied by four people people at the time of the fire, all who were able to escape uninjuried. The fifth tenant was not at home at the time of the fire. The occupants were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm. The house was not equipped with a residential fire sprinkler system. The house is owned by Joan Trice who leased the residence to several tenants. The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined at this time and the investigation continues. Anyone with information about the fire may contact Senior Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Korb, Jr. at 410.632.5666, extension 4 or rkorb@co.worcester.md.us

New Deputy Fire Marshal Takes The Oath Of Office

Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon would like to announce Richard "Hunter" Mauk as a new Deputy Fire Marshal for Worcester County. The County Commissioners choose DFM Mauk to fill a vacancy opened by a retirement within the County's Fire Marshal's Office. Deputy Mauk was sworn into office on Monday, October 24, 2016 by Worcester County Clerk of Court, Susan Braniecki. Deputy Mauk resides in Ocean City and is a member of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company. He is originally from Annapolis, Maryland with family in Vienna, Maryland. Fire Marshal McMahon stated, "I think the Commissioners made a great choice. DFM Mauk has great ambition and his very enthusisactic about his new career".

Snow Hill Apartment Fire Saved By Residential Sprinkler Activation

The Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched for a report of an apartment fire at 401 Greenbriar Drive in Snow Hill at 3:57PM. Arriving firefighters found an extinguished kitchen fire. The fire was extinguished by the residential fire sprinklers installed throughout the complex. The cause of the fire was unattended cooking. Damage to the apartment was minimal. No injuries were reported.

(Photos: Snow Hill Vol. Fire Co.)