Two firefighters injured in early morning fire in W. Ocean City

WEST OCEAN CITY, Md. – Two firefighters are recovering after getting hurt while battling a blaze early Tuesday morning. Just before 2 a.m. a fire broke out at a home in the 12000 block of Harbor Road. Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames when they arrived, conducted a search, and found nobody inside. Crews were able to eventually knock down the fire. Both of the injured firefighters were released from the hospital.

Ocean City Fire Department Chief Richard Bowers says one of the firefighters was hurt when he fell through a hole in the collapsed floor. “He was pulled from the fire and immediately the paramedics began to work on him and get all of his protective clothing off. The firefighter was burned, had second degree burns, and was flown to a nearby trauma center for evaluation,” said Chief Bowers.

The other hurt firefighter was treated for a shoulder injury. “He was on the roof was doing ventilation and slipped and grabbed onto the ridgeline. He had an orthopedic injury as a result of that action,” said Chief Bowers.

Once the fire was out, the Maryland State Fire Marshal sent a K9 unit to the scene to try and detect any kind of accelerants. Chief Bowers says he thinks a lengthy investigation is ahead. “The fire in West Ocean City is still under investigation at this time. I would anticipate that it will be for quite some time. Unfortunately, the structure is a complete loss, and we’ll have to wait for the particulars of the incident to come out of the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office,” said Chief Bowers.

The fire also damaged three nearby single family homes. Fire units stayed on the scene for over five hours. Anyone with information is asked to reach out to the Maryland State Fire Marshal at (410) 632-56-66. Those with information are also asked to contact the Maryland Fire and Arson hotline at 1 (800) 492-7528.

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