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

Currently there is NO Burn Ban in effect in Worcester County

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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.
 
December 18, 2014 - Bishopville Commercial Structure Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Friday, 19 December 2014 11:44

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire located at 11540 St. Martins Neck Road, Bishopville, Worcester County, Maryland. The fire was reported at approximately 6:45PM and arriving firefighters found a chicken house well involved in fire. Firefighters from Bishopville, Ocean City, Showell, Selbyville, Ocean Pines and Berlin Volunteer Fire Companies fought the fire. The fire was contained to the structure of origin with no injuries reported. Firefighters remained on the scene for approximately 3 ½ hours. The structure involved in the fire is owned by Mark S. Drew. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Deputy Robert Korb, Jr. at 410-632-5666 ext. 4 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
December 15, 2014 - Maintenance Bullding Fire at Ocean Downs
Written by Jeff McMahon   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:04

OceanDownsM1smThe Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire located at 10218 Racetrack Road in Berlin, Worcester County, Maryland.  The fire occurred at the Casino at Ocean Downs and involved the Maintenance Building.  The fire was reported at 7:30PM and arriving firefighters found the building fully involved with fire.  Firefighters from Berlin, Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Showell and Newark Volunteer Fire Companies fought the fire.  It took firefighters about 45 minutes to control the fire and another hour and a half in salvage and overhaul.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact Chief Deputy Matthew Owens at 410-632-5666 ext. 2 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
November 29, 2014 - Snow Hill Apartment Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Monday, 01 December 2014 10:59

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated an apartment fire located at 314 South Church Street, Snow Hill, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 7 pm on November 29, 2014 the Snow Hill, Stockton, and Girdletree Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported structure fire at the above mentioned address. Upon their arrival, they observed smoke and fire extending from a second story window. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to a second floor apartment. The structure is owned by Samuel J. Fulton and Mary Jean Merkt. The second floor apartment was occupied by Kenneth P. Hess III at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, caused by the careless discard of smoking materials. 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 .

 
December 7, 2014 - Pocomoke City House Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Monday, 08 December 2014 09:09

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a structure fire located at 505 Laurel Street, Pocomoke, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 9 pm on December 7, 2014 the Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a reported chimney fire at the above mentioned address. Upon their arrival, the alarm was upgraded to a residential structure fire which brought in Stockton and New Church Volunteer Fire Companies to assist. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the area of origin. The structure is owned and occupied by Michael Montecalvo. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, caused by the venting of a 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 .

 
November 22, 2014 - Whayleville Dwelling Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:09

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a dwelling fire located at 7928 Circle Road, Whayleville, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 9:15 am on November 22, 2014 the Berlin, Bishopville, Willards, Pittsville, and Powellville Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported residential structure fire. First arriving fire units reported an abandoned dwelling while involved in fire. An exterior/defensive fire attack was initiated with both hand lines and master streams. The owner of the property, Michael Walker, advised he was clearing brush from the area surrounding the dwelling and burning the brush. Walker advised fire from the burning brush traveled to the dwelling, igniting the dwelling. The cause of the fire was determined to be 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 .

 
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