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Pocomoke Residential Carbon Monoxide Incident

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 the Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office was notified by the owner of 809 Market St, Pocomoke of a potential carbon monoxide problem.  Through the investigation it was discovered the owner and other family members began to feel ill and drove themselves to an immediate care center.  Doctors at the immediate care center diagansosed the family's condition as carbon monoxide poisoning.  The family was transported to John Hopkins in Baltimore for treatment within a hyperbolic chamber.  The investigaiton revealed several problems with the home's heating system.  Fire Marshal's worked with and monitored the repairs performed by the heating contractor.

Carbon Monoxide Information: Source NFPA

Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

  • The dangers of CO exposure depend on a number of variables, including the victim's health and activity level. Infants, pregnant women, and people with physical conditions that limit their body's ability to use oxygen (i.e. emphysema, asthma, heart disease) can be more severely affected by lower concentrations of CO than healthy adults would be.
  • A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time.
  • In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 80,100 non-fire CO incidents in which carbon monoxide was found, or an average of nine such calls per hour.  The number of incidents increased 96 % from 40,900 incidents reported in 2003. This increase is most likely due to the increased use of CO detectors, which alert people to the presence of CO.

Newark Mobile Home Fire

On Sunday, March 4, 2018 fire companies from Newark, Berlin and Powellville were alerted for a residential fire box alarm at 8511 Ninepin Branch Road in Newark.  Arriving firefighter discovered a large mobile home fully engulfed in flames.  The investigation revealed the mobile home was recently vacatte and no one was living at the home.  The mobile home is located on a farm and was constructed some distance from the roadway.  The investigation is listed as undetermined.  Anyone with information is aked to contact Deputy Fire Marshal Rob Korb, Jr. at 410.632.5666 or rkorb@co.worcester.md.us

February 22, 2018 Bishopville Dwelling Fire

On February 22, 2018 at approximately 0700 hours the Bishopville and Showell Volunteer Fire Companies along with the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company were alerted for a reported residential structure fire at 11222 West Marie Drive, Bishopville, Maryland in Worcester County.  Upon the arrival of the first fire unit, fire was reported extending from a single story attached garage with the fire starting to extend into the dwelling.  Several Volunteer Fire Companies from Maryland and Delaware assisted with the extinguishment of the fire.  The fire was brought under control and no injuries were reported.  The dwelling was occupied at the time the fire by Kenny Reed, Karen Cunningham and her three daughters.  All were able to escape with no injuries reported.  Two family pets (cats) did not make it out of the fire but two other family pets (dogs) did escape the fire.  One of the dogs alerted the family to the fire, allowing them time to escape.  The cause of the fire is under investigation and is listed as undetermined at this time.  Anyone with questions or information is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 ext 2 or mowens@co.worcester.md.us.

Photo Credit: M. Owens, WCFMO & Scott Wells

Stockton Out Building Destroyed By Fire

The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire that destroyed an outbuilding at 5807 George Island Landing Road in Stockton.  Stockton, Girdletree, Snow Hill and Greenbackville volunteer fire companies responded to a report of a structure fire at 5:40PM on Monday, February 19, 2018.  Arriving firefighters found a detached garage/shed with heavy fire showing from the structure.  The fire was extinguished within an hour.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matt Owens at mowens@co.worcester.md.us or call 410.632.5666.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle Abell, Girdletree VFC

Fire Marshal Investigating Intentional Fire To Berlin Town Park

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire at Henry Park on Flower Street In Berlin.  The fire destroyed two portable (potties) bathrooms.  The Berlin Fire Department responded to the 12:50PM fire on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.  Both portable bathrooms were cosumed during the fire.  The FIre Marshal's Office and Berlin Police Department are investigating.  Anyone with information is asked to call Deputy Robert Korb at 410.632.5666 or rkorb@co.worcester.md.us

Stockton Chicken House Damage By Fire

The Stockton, GIrdletree, Snow Hill and Greenbackville Volunteer Fire Companies responded to a report of a chicken house fire at 2024 Snow Hill Road on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.  Arriving firefighters found the chicken house well envolved with fire.  The cause of the fire was contributed to an electrical wiring malfucntion.  Several thousand chickens parrished in the fire.  No injuries were reported.  The cause is listed as accidental.