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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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September 1, 2014 - Snow Hill Apartment Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:34

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated an apartment fire located at 310-8 Purnell Street, Snow Hill, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 8 pm on September 1, 2014 the Snow Hill, Girdletree, Pocomoke and Greenbackville Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported commercial structure fire at the above mentioned address. Upon the arrival of the first Snow Hill Fire unit, they reported smoke extending from the second story apartment. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the apartment of origin. No injuries were reported. The complex is known as the Heritage Court Apartments. The apartment involved in the fire was occupied at the time of the fire by Esteban Marquese Yanez and Katrina Ballard. Both occupants were able to escape. The apartment involved in the fire and the first floor apartment below the fire were not able to be occupied and the occupants were assisted by the American Red Cross. The cause of the fire is listed as 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 .

 
August 31, 2014 - Ocean Pines Boat Explosion and Fire Print
Written by Jeff McMahon   
Monday, 01 September 2014 14:21

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On Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 2PM, the Ocean Pines and Showell Volunteer Fire Departments were alerted for a boat fire with explosion at 43 Boatswaine Drive.  Arriving firefighters found a 22 foot open bow run-about boat fully involved with fire at a private dock at the address provided above.  Five people were in the boat and four sustained injuries requiring transportation.  Two were flown to Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore and the other two were transported by ambulance to PRMC in Salisbury.  As of Monday afternoon the two at Bayview were listed in stable condition, but still hospitalized.  The other two were released later Sunday evening.  The Maryland Natural Resource Police is conducting an investigation and the Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office is assisting with the origin and cause of the explosion and fire.  The Worcester County Special Hazards Response Team responding and mitigated a potential fuel spill.

The boat was registered to Neal Edwards of Springfield, Virginia.  He along with Bonnie Edwards also of Springfield, Virgina, Larry Macpherson and Dawn Vanduerson of Escondido, California were injured. A fifth passenger on the boat received minor injuries and was treated on the scene.  The fire was extinguished with no difficulties.  The fuel in the bilge of the boat was removed by the Special Hazards Response Team.  The cause of the fire is listed as accidental with blamed on a vapor explosion in the engine compartment.

For further details contact Deputy Fire Marshal Rodney Sharpley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 410.632.5666 ext. 3.

 
July 28, 2014 - Showell Mobile Home Fire
Written by Matt Owens   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 07:15

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a mobile home fire located at 10951 Pitts Road, Berlin, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 5:45 pm on July 28, 2014 the Showell, Berlin, and Bishopville Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported residential structure fire at the above mentioned address. Upon their arrival, they observed smoke extending from the rear exterior of the mobile home. The fire had been controlled with the use of a water bucket prior to the arrival of the fire service. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. The dwelling was owned by Della Ruark and occupied by Curtis Goodman and Kaleb Timberman. Both occupants were able to escape. 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 .

 
2014 Fireworks Safety

If you plan on using fireworks this summer and during the holidays remember Worcester County's law.  Ground based sparkling devices, hand held sparklers and snaps and pops are all that are legal in Maryland and Worcester County.  The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office will be out in force all week and other Law Enforcement Agencies will also be on the lookout for illegal fireworks.  Avoid the fines, up to a $1,000, and visit public fireworks displays listed below or only purchase and use ground based sparkling devices. Transporting fireworks purchased outside of Maryland is against the law.  For a fireworks safety pdf sheet Go here. For a fireworks safety video and additional safety information Click Here. Injury Facts sheet Click Here.

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July 18, 2014 - Vehicle Fire at Lowes Damages Three Other Vehicles
Written by Rodney Sharpley   
Friday, 18 July 2014 15:39

On Friday, July 18, 2014 the Pocomoke Vol. Fire Co. responded to a reported vehicle fire located at Lowe 275 Newtown Blvd, Pocomoke City, Maryland. Arriving fire suppression units reported heavy fire with exposure to other vehicles. Firefighting personnel provided a quick extinguishment of the fire vehicle and secured the other exposed vehicles. The fire vehicle was owned by Charles William Davis of Crisfield, Maryland. Three additional vehicles, in close proximity of the fire vehicle, suffered damage. An investigation by this office was conducted and confirmed an electrical malfunction in the engine compartment. Anyone requesting additional information is asked to contact Dep. Fire Marshal Rodney K Sharpley at 410.632.5666 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
July 9, 2014 - Accidental Fire at Snow Hill Nursing Home
Written by Matt Owens   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:06

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a fire located at the Snow Hill Nursing Home, 430 West Market Street, Snow Hill, Maryland in Worcester County. At approximately 12:08 pm on July 9, 2014 the Fire Marshal’s Office received a call from the Nursing Home stating there had been a fire in their facility near a gas water heater. Upon my arrival, I observed the fire had been extinguished with the use of a portable fire extinguisher. Upon further investigation, it was determined the fire had originated near the base of the water heater. The fire was contributed to a malfunctioning water heater. The fire is listed as accidental. No injuries were reported. 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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