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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.

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.

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