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Girdletree Residential Structure Fire

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office has investigated a fire which heavily damaged a house located at 5919 Box Iron Road in Girdletree. Volunteer Fire Companies from Girdletree, Snow Hill, Stockton, Pocomoke (Maryland) and Greenbackville, Virginia responded to the 9:51AM fire. No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and listed as undetermined at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the County's Fire Marshal's Office at 410.632.5666 or contact Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Korb at extension 3 or rkorb@co.worcester.md.us

County Commissioners Present Fire Prevention Proclamation

The Worcester County Commissioners presented a proclamation for the 2016 Fire Prevention Week to Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon and the County's Fire Service at their October 4, 2016 meeting. The proclamation was read and presented by Commissioner Merrill Lockfaw who is a Volunteer Fireman with over 40 years of service with the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company. This years theme, named each year by the National Fire Protection Association, is "Don't Wait To Check The Date!".

Snow Hill Apartment Fire Displaces Five

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire which was dispatched on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 2:06PM. Fire companies from Snow Hill, Stockton, Girdletree, Pocomoke, Newark and Berlin responded to the two alarm fire. The fire occurred in a first floor unit located at 500 Maple Street, New Hope Village, Apartment 3. The fire extended into a second floor apartment. A total of 5 people were displaced by the fire. The Red Cross is assisting those displaced with temporary housing and clothing. No injuries were reported with the fire. The apartments were occupied by 27 year old Orneviano Whaley, 44 year old Sandra Merrill, and two children ages 6 and a child 5 months old. Units remained on the scene for two hours. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fire Marshal's Office at 410.632.5666 or email mowens@co.worcester.md.us

Photo courtesy: Snow Hill Vol. Fire Co. & Deputy Vieira WCFMO

October is National Fire Prevention Month

The month of October is Fire Prevention Month. This year Fire Prevention Week is October 9 - 15, 2016. The Worcester County Commissioners will recognize this week with a proclamation. On Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 10AM, the County Commissioners will present the proclamation to the County's Fire Service. The theme for Fire Prevention this year is, "Don't Wait, Check The Date" and replace smoke alarm every 10 years.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

During the week, local Worcester County volunteer fire companies will be visiting area schools and promoting fire safety. The County's Fire Marshal's Office will assist the local volunteer fire companies with the week and month's activities. Also during the month the County's Fire Marshal's Office will conduct several fire prevention talks at area businesses and civic organizations.

Assist Pocomoke Police

On Sunday, September 25, 2016 at approximately 9:30PM the Fire Marshal's Office was requested to assist Pocomoke Police Department with a juvenile who had poured a flammable liquid on a city street and set fire. The incident and all charging documents were handled by the Pocomoke City Police Department.

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.