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Worcester County, Maryland Government Website - www.co.worcester.md.us

NO BURN BAN - Howerver a "High Fire Danger" Alert remains in effect due to the winds.
All outside burning CANNOT be left unattended.

Currently there is NO Burn Ban in effect in Worcester County

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May 4, 2015 - Berlin Commercial Structure Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:21

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a commercial structure fire located at 11501 Maid at Arms Lane, Berlin, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 3 pm on May 4, 2015 the Berlin Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a reported outside fire at the above mentioned address which is the location of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Upon their arrival, they observed smoke extending from the front door of a two story commercial building. Upon further investigation, fire had extended into an exterior wall. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the vehicle of origin. No injuries were reported. The Berlin Volunteer Fire Company was assisted by the Ocean Pines, Ocean City, and Showell Volunteer Fire Companies when the incident was upgraded to a commercial structure fire. The fire originated in a mulched area on the exterior of the building and extended into an adjacent exterior wall. The Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse was closed for the remainder of the day and hopes to reopen on May 5, 2015. The cause of the fire is listed as accidental. Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
April 19, 2015 - Bishopville Vehicle Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 08:24

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a vehicle fire located at 12902 Jarvis Road, Bishopville, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 5 pm on April 19, 2015 the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a reported vehicle fire at the above mentioned address. Upon their arrival, they observed smoke and fire extending from a passenger vehicle with exposure to an adjacent structure. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the vehicle of origin. No injuries were reported. The fire originated in the engine compartment and the cause of the fire is listed as undetermined. The vehicle involved in the fire is owned by Kevin Andrew and Gail Beatrice Crosby. Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
April 4, 2015 - Snow Hill House Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Monday, 06 April 2015 08:48

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a house fire located at 7628 Public Landing Road, Snow Hill, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 11:30 am on April 4, 2015 the Snow Hill, Girdletree, Newark, and Stockton Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported residential structure fire at the above mentioned address. Upon their arrival, they observed smoke and fire extending from a 2 1/2 story residential dwelling with exposure to an adjacent structure. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the house of origin. Heat damage to the exterior occurred to an adjacent house. The occupants of the house were not home at the time of the fire but two family pets were in the house at the time of the fire. One firefighter was transported by Snow Hill EMS to PRMC for burns to the leg. The was owned by Daniel and Patricia Jackson. The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined and the investigation remains open. The Red Cross responded to assist the occupants. Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
March 30, 2015 - County FMO Assist With Arson Training For Tri-State Fire Investigators
Written by Jeff McMahon   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 14:22

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office, in conjuction with the Ocean City Fire Marshal's Office is assisting the MD/DC Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and the Maryland Fire and Explosive Investigator's Association (MFEIA) with a two day training seminar being held in West Ocean City on Tuesday, March 31st and Wednesday, April 1st.  Over 30 Fire and Explosive Investigators from Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia are training at the Ocean City Station 5 firehouse on Keyser Point Road with a burn and scenarios location nearby.  This seminar will focus on the best practices for identifying, collecting and preserving fire scene evidence to include DNA, fire debris, incendiary devices and fingerprints. Forensic experts will provided classroom instruction on Day 1 and participants will conduct a fire scene examination on Day 2 where evidence will be collected. 

At the completion of the two day Fire and Explosive Investigator's training, the County Fire Marshal's Office will use the same burn props to educate the County's Fire Service Line Officers with a 4 hour arson awareness course Wednesday night April 1st.

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April 3, 2015 - Berlin Townhouse Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Monday, 06 April 2015 08:26

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a townhouse fire located at 545-6 Bay Street, Berlin, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 7:30 pm on April 3, 2015 the Berlin, Ocean Pines, Newark, and Showell Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported commercial structure fire at the above mentioned address. The Ocean City Fire Company was also alerted to assist. Upon their arrival, they observed smoke and fire extending from a two story townhouse multifamily complex. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the townhouse of origin. The townhouse unit was occupied at the time of the fire and all occupants were able to escape and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, caused by unattended cooking. The Red Cross responded to assist the occupants of the townhouse unit involved in the fire and each adjacent unit. Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
February 26, 2015 - Berlin House Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Friday, 27 February 2015 11:48

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a dwelling fire located at 103 Pine Street, Berlin, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 6:30 pm on February 26, 2015 the Berlin and Showell Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported residential structure fire at the above mentioned address. Upon their arrival, they observed smoke extending from a single story residential dwelling. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the area of origin. The dwelling was owned by Vinod Patel and occupied by Shailesh, Hetal, and Nidhi Patel. All occupants were able to escape and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, caused by a candle. Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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