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Currently there is NO Burn Ban in effect in Worcester County

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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 .

 
February 10, 2015 - Assisted OCFM with Commercial Structure Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 10:28

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office assisted the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office at 25 North Philadelphia Avenue, Ocean City, Maryland in Worcester County, the location of the De Lazy Lizard Brew Pub. At approximately 10 am on February 10, 2015 the Ocean City Fire Company was alerted for a reported building fire at the above mentioned address. Upon their arrival, they observed smoke and fire extending from the third floor windows. The fire was quickly escalated to a Second and then Third Alarm. Several neighboring fire companies were alerted to assist at the scene and to standby in Ocean City. Two firefighters and one civilian were transported by EMS to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. All were treated and released. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the building of origin. The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office assisted the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office with the origin and cause investigation. Any further questions and/or information should be directed to the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office at 410-289-8780.

 
January 9, 2015 - Newark House Fire
Written by Rodney Sharpley   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:50

On January 9, 2015 at 09:35 hours the Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office responded with the Newark and Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Companies to a report of a house fire at 7454 Five Mile Branch Road.  The cause of the fire was contributed to maintenance work being performed in the attic.  The fire is listed as accidental.

 
December 31, 2014 - Stockton House Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:59

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a dwelling fire located at 426 Snow Hill Road, Stockton, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 8 am on December 31, 2014 the Stockton, Girdletree, and Greenbackville Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported residential structure fire at above mentioned location. Upon their arrival, they observed smoke extending from a three story residential dwelling. Several additional fire companies were alerted to assist with the extinguishment of the fire due to the lack of water supply and the type of construction. The fire was placed under control in approximately 3 hours and fire units remained on the scene for approximately 6 hours. The dwelling was owned by Beverly Brown and occupied by Paul and Karen Prettyman. All occupants were able to escape and no occupant injuries were reported. One firefighter suffered minor back injuries during the suppression of the fire. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, caused by the installation of the wood burning stove. 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 .

 
January 1, 2015 - Newark Vehicle Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Monday, 05 January 2015 11:08

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a vehicle fire located at 7649 Patey Woods Road, Newark, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 1:41 am on January 1, 2015 the Newark and Powellville Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported vehicle fire at above mentioned address. Upon their arrival, they reported fire extending from a passenger vehicle with exposure to a shed and a mobile home. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the vehicle of origin. The vehicle is owned Valerie Hudson Corbin. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information 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 .

 
2014 Christmas Holiday Safety

Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO: This NFPA/UL video demonstrates the flammability of a dry Christmas tree vs. a tree that has been watered regularly.

Facts & figures

  • Between 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually.
  • On average, one of every 40 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.
  • Electrical problems were factors in one-third (32%0 of home Christmas tree structure fires.
  • Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.
 
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