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Berlin Fire Leaves 7 Homeless

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office has investigated a fire which occurred on Monday, September 7, 2020 at 8336 Circle Road, Berlin, Maryland.  The fire was reported at 3:45PM.  Arriving firefighters found heavy fire showing from the single story home. Firefighters from Berlin, Showell, Bishopville and Willards fought the fire.  

The fire is accidental and blamed on the improper use of a bar-b-que grill.  The grill was located on a deck adjacent to the house and left unattended.  7 occupants of the home have been temporarily relocated by the American Red Cross.  The family did lose the family pet in the fire.


INVESTIGATOR: Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matt Owens, CFI, CFPS - 410.632.5666 Ext. 2

Pocomoke House Fire Ruled Arson

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire which occurred on Thursday, July 8, 2020 at 612 2nd Street, Pocomoke City, Maryland.  The fire was reported at 10:51AM.  Arriving firefighters found smoke showing from the second floor windows and gables of the two-story single family residence. Firefighters from Pocomoke, Stockton, Snow Hill, and New Church were on the scene for two hours.  

An employee for the owner of the property was treated for minor injuries on the scene by Pocomoke EMS, but not transported.  The house was under renovation at the time of the fire. The owner of the property is Hendrick Alexander Townsend.  The cause of the fire is listed as intentional or arson.  Anyone with information regarding this fire is asked to call the Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office at 410.632.5666 or the Maryland Arson Hotline at 1-800-492-8477.

PHOTO:  Courtsey of the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company.

INVESTIGATOR: Deputy Fire Marshal II - Christopher Vieira, CFI, CFPS - 410.632.5666 Ext. 5

Burn Ban Enacted Monday, July 6, 2020


Worcester County Government ¨ Phone (410) 632-1194 ¨ Fax (410) 632-3131

TO:                              Local Media
FROM:                        Worcester County Commissioners
DATE:                        July 6, 2020                
FOR RELEASE:        Immediately
TOPIC:                       Burn ban goes into immediate effect in Worcester County
CONTACT:                Kim Moses, public information officer, (410) 632-1194

Burn ban goes into immediate effect in Worcester County

Snow Hill, Maryland – (July 6, 2020): Effective immediately, Worcester County Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon issued a burn ban and ALL outdoor burning is banned for an indefinite period of time in Worcester County.

The ban applies to all outdoor ignition sources with the following exceptions.  Proper use of gas and charcoal grills, campfires at the County’s commercial, State and Federal campgrounds, permitted official Ocean City bonfires, private property recreational campfires which are limited to a fire area of 2 feet with a height of 3 feet, public fireworks displays and volunteer fire company training exercises.

“Due to the County’s current dry conditions and the forecasted extreme heat the Burn Ban is effective immediately,” Fire Marshal McMahon said. This ban should reduce the number of out-of-control outside fires, which cause safety concerns for area residents, visitors and especially responding personnel.” 

“The ban will remain in effect until the dry conditions dissipate,” Environmental Programs Director Bob Mitchell said. “In addition, all existing outdoor burn permits have been rescinded.”

For further information, contact Fire Marshal McMahon at 410-632-5666.


7 Homeless After Early Evening Pocomoke Fire

On Thursday, March 19, 2020 a residential box alarm for was alerted for Pocomoke, Snow Hill, Stockton and New Church.  The fire occured at to the 8:38PM to 930 Second Street in Pocomoke City, Maryland.  Fire fighters remained on the scene for several hours.  No injuries were reported.  The Red Cross assisted with temporary houses for those displaced.  The cause of the fire is listed as misuse of a candle. The house was owned by William Boston and occupied by the Perdue family.  Anyone with information or questions can call Cheif Deputy Fire Marshal Owens at 410.632.5666 ext22 or mowens@co.worcester.md.us

Photo Credit: PVFC