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UPDATE: Two Thursday Night Worcester Co. Fires Ruled Accidental

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Old Bridge Road, West Ocean City - Photo Courtesy: WCFMO Old Bridge Road, West Ocean City - Photo Courtesy: WCFMO
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WORCESTER CO., Md. - Fire crews were busy on Thursday night, as two fires broke out in one local beach town, at the same time.

Ocean City Officials say around 7:20 PM, the call for the first fire came in, requesting assistance from the Ocean City Fire Department's fire boat. When crews arrived, they reportedly found the two story Ocean Pines waterfront home fully engulfed in flames. The home was occupied by the owners, when the fire broke out. The home, located on Riverview Drive, already had Showell Fire Department working on land, but needed waterside backup.

Then, just four minutes later, another call came in for a house fire on Old Bridge Road, in West Ocean City. When crews arrived on scene, the back deck was reportedly on fire, and extended into the house. This home was also occupied when the fire started. Units were reportedly called in from both Worcester and Wicomico Counties, and even Delaware, assisted with both fires.

Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Larmore said the assistance was great, "The response from all of the fire departments from the county, as well as our neighboring counties, was extraordinary. It was a true demonstration of team work and I am extremely proud of the efforts of Ocean City's first responders and those of our allied agencies."

By 11:00 PM, crews from OCFD had cleared both scenes, with no injuries reported, although the Old Bridge Road family did loose two pets in the blaze. Both fires are still under investigation by the Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office, as they search for causes.

Assistant Chief David Cropper, who was the Incident Commander on scene of the fire at Old Bridge Road, thanked everyone for their help, "I want to personally thank all of our first responders. It's very unusual for us to have multiple residential fires at the same time, requiring such significant resources. Our members were professional and did exactly as they are trained to do. They should be tremendously proud of their hard work because I am certainly proud of them."

At this time both fires are listed as accidental, but the causes will be released at a later date.

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