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.