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The June fire that totally destroyed one home and damaged three others is being investigated as arson, according to the Worcester County Fire Marshall’s Office. Anyone with information related to the fire is asked to call the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office at 410-632-5666 or the Maryland Fire and Arson hotline at 1-800-492-7529. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office continues to investigate a suspected arson on June 22 in West Ocean City that injured two firefighters.

“There is some evidence that we have recovered and obtained that led credence to our opinion that the fire was intentionally set,” County Fire Marshal Jeffrey McMahon said Tuesday.

According to Ocean City Fire Department spokesman Ryan Whittington, one of the injured firefighters has recovered and returned to duty while the other is still recovering from his injuries.

The fire, which occurred around 2 a.m., destroyed an unoccupied home and boathouse in the 12800 block of Harbor Road and also damaged three additional houses, according to a press release from the Fire Marshall’s Office.

Fire departments from Berlin, Ocean City and Ocean Pines responded to battle the blaze.

“The assistance of the public has been encouraging and the Fire Marshal’s Office, along with the allied agencies, is following up on every (lead),” the press release said. “The County Fire Marshal’s office was assisted on the scene by the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office and a Maryland State Fire Marshal K9 accelerant unit.”

The owners of the property are offering a $2,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist.

The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation is assisting the County Fire Marshal’s Office with the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information related to the fire is asked to call the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office at 410-632-5666 or the Maryland Fire and Arson hotline at 1-800-492-7529. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

This story appears in the print version of Ocean City Today on July 23, 2021.

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