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Currently there is NO Burn Ban in effect in Worcester County

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November 14, 2014 - Ocean Pines Garage Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Monday, 17 November 2014 10:23

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a dwelling fire located at 165 Teal Circle, Ocean Pines, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 6:20 pm on November 14, 2014 the Ocean Pines, Showell and Berlin Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported attached garage fire. Prior to their arrival, they were advised the fire had been extinguished by Ocean Pines Police with the use of a portable fire extinguisher. The fire service continued and observed smoke extending from an attached two car garage upon their arrival. The fire was contained to the attached garage with minor smoke damage to the interior of the dwelling. The involved dwelling is owned and occupied by Lee and Gail Clagett. Both occupants were able to escape. The male subject suffered minor burns injuries to his right hand while attempting to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, caused by unattended cooking. 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 .

 
November 3, 2014 - Delmarva Power Donates Smoke Alarms
Written by Jeff McMahon   
Sunday, 09 November 2014 14:51

DPL_2014_1smxOn Monday, November 3, 2014 Worcester County Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon, along with many other Fire Service Officials, including State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci attended a ceremony where Delmarva Power donated 1,200 Lithium Powered Smoke Alarms.  Worcester County received 100 of the smoke alarms.  Click Here for Link

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October 29, 2014 - Newark Chicken House Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Monday, 17 November 2014 10:39

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a chicken house fire located at 6704 Worcester Highway, Newark, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 1 am on October 29, 2014 the Newark, Snow Hill, Berlin, and Powellville Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported chicken house fire. First arriving fire units reported a single story chicken house with fire extending from the entire structure. Additional Fire Companies were alerted to assist with the extinguishment of the fire from Girdletree, Showell, Willards, and Pittsville. The fire was contained to the chicken house of origin. The chicken house did not have chickens in the house at the time of the fire. The chicken house was a total loss. The chicken house involved in the fire is owned by Andre and Bonnie Lewis. The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined. 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 .

 
October 7, 2014 - County Commissioners Present Fire Prevention Proclamation
Written by Jeff McMahon   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 09:49

2014_FPW_wCommissionersSMThe Worcester County Commissioners presented a Proclamation for the 2014 Fire Prevention Week to Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon and the Fire Service at today's meeting.  The Proclamation was read and presented by Commissioners Merrill Lockfaw who is a Volunteer Fireman with the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company.  This years theme, created each year by the National Fire Protection Association is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives - Test Yours Every Month".  Click Here to view the Proclamation.

 
October 24, 2014 - Whayleville Structure Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Monday, 27 October 2014 13:16

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a structure fire located at 8708 Whayleville Road, Whayleville, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 12:40 pm on October 24, 2014 Showell, Bishopville and Selbyville Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported structure fire at the above mentioned address. Upon their arrival, they observed a single story detached garage with fire extending from the north end of the structure. Due to the quantity of fire, additional resources were requested from Ocean Pines, Berlin, Pittsville and Willards Volunteer Fire Companies. The fire was extinguished and contained to the building of origin. No injuries were reported. The owners of the garage involved Richard & Frances Milton, were home at the time of the fire and were the reporting party. The building, along with its contents, was a total loss. The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined and the investigation is continuing. 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 .

 
October 7, 2014 - County Commissioners Present Commendation to Area First Responders
Written by Jeff McMahon   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:22

The Worcester County Commissioners presented Commendation to area first respondes for a fire which they saved the lives of two Berlin area residents.  On Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:02PM the Berlin Fire Company was alerted for a residential house fire with entrapment.  The house was reported a well involved with fire and heavy smoke emitting from all sides of the home upon arriving firest responders. 

Fire Marshal McMahon reported to the County Commissioners, "It is truly amazing the adult victim and a second victim, who was her daughter, are alive today. From the time of call and dispatch until the adult victim was rescue from the house was 18 minutes. This incident is a perfect example of how today’s emergency response, from communications, through the arrival of local police, to the arrival of the fire department and rescue of both victims, along with the emergency medical services and the treatment received at the various hospitals saves lives. What could have been a double fatal fire ended with two lives being saved by a vast array of properly trained emergency personnel using the latest equipment to result in a viable option for both victims to be alive today.  (CLICK READ MORE TO VIEW THE NAMES OF THE FIRST RESPONDERS)

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