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Ocean Pines House Fire Leave Five Homeless

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating an early morning house fire at 173 Sandyhook in Ocean Pines, Maryland. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy fire showing from the two story residence. The fire was a two alarm fire with fire companies from Showell, Bishopville, Ocean City, Newark and Willards in Maryland and several Sussex County, Delaware volunteer fire companies assisting the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Company with the 12:28AM fire. The house was occupied by four people people at the time of the fire, all who were able to escape uninjuried. The fifth tenant was not at home at the time of the fire. The occupants were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm. The house was not equipped with a residential fire sprinkler system. The house is owned by Joan Trice who leased the residence to several tenants. The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined at this time and the investigation continues. Anyone with information about the fire may contact Senior Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Korb, Jr. at 410.632.5666, extension 4 or rkorb@co.worcester.md.us

New Deputy Fire Marshal Takes The Oath Of Office

Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon would like to announce Richard "Hunter" Mauk as a new Deputy Fire Marshal for Worcester County. The County Commissioners choose DFM Mauk to fill a vacancy opened by a retirement within the County's Fire Marshal's Office. Deputy Mauk was sworn into office on Monday, October 24, 2016 by Worcester County Clerk of Court, Susan Braniecki. Deputy Mauk resides in Ocean City and is a member of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company. He is originally from Annapolis, Maryland with family in Vienna, Maryland. Fire Marshal McMahon stated, "I think the Commissioners made a great choice. DFM Mauk has great ambition and his very enthusisactic about his new career".

Snow Hill Apartment Fire Saved By Residential Sprinkler Activation

The Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched for a report of an apartment fire at 401 Greenbriar Drive in Snow Hill at 3:57PM. Arriving firefighters found an extinguished kitchen fire. The fire was extinguished by the residential fire sprinklers installed throughout the complex. The cause of the fire was unattended cooking. Damage to the apartment was minimal. No injuries were reported.

(Photos: Snow Hill Vol. Fire Co.)

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

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