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Unattended Vehicle Fire - Sand Road, Snow Hill

On Saturday morning, September 16, 2017 at 4:54AM the Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a vehicle fire near the intersection of Sand and Whitesburg Road.  Upon the fire department's arrival fire had totally consumed the vehicle.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  The vehicle was a 2008 BMW.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy FIre Marshal Christopher Vieira at 410.632.5666 ext. 5 or cvieira@co.worcester.md.us


Non-Permitted Control Burn - Berlin Response Area

On Friday night September 15, 2017 at 11:25PM a residential Box Alarm was alerted for Berlin, Showell, Bishopville, Selbyville and Willards volunteer fire companies for a residential structure fire which was determined as control burn of a demolished remnants of a house.  The owner had obtained a demolision permit, but failed to involve any fire company with the burn.  The fire was reported at 11810 Sheppards Crossing Raod in Whalyville.  At the request of the OIC the Fire Marshal responded to initiate a fire origin and cause investigaiton.  The cause of the fire was listed as accidental and a warning issued to the owner regarding an unpermitted control burn.

Residential Structure Fire - Sand Road, Pocomoke, MD

On Thursday, August 3, 2017 Snow Hill, Pocomoke, Stockton, and Girdletree were alerted for a residential box alarm fire at 2441 Sand Road.  Arriving firefighters discovered heavy fire and smoke extending from a two story dwelling.  It took firefighters 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control.  The cause of the fire is listed as accidental and contributred to the improper electrical wiring of a home fire and security system.  Anyone with questions or information is asked to contact Deputy Fire Marshal Christopher Vieira at 410.632.5666 ext. 5 or cvieira@co.worcester.md.us

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.