***Updated on Friday at 1:00 p.m.***

(Aug. 2, 2019) A large fire broke out at Mad Fish Bar & Grill in West Ocean City early this morning. 

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Fire fighters assess the damage dealt by the fire at Mad Fish Bar & Grill in West Ocean City on Harbor Road along the Marina. 

Fire fighters were called to the scene around 4:45 a.m. Reports are that it is a three alarm fire with multiple fire companies from around Delmarva responding to the blaze. 


The outer exterior of the back house of the restaurant was left exposed, presumably because of the damage dealt by the fire. 

This is the location of the former Captain's Galley restaurant, on Harbor Road along the Marina. 


Pieces of the exterior of the restaurant lay on the ground near the back of house of the restaurant. 

Officials at the scene say there are no injuries as a result of this fire. 

"Fortunately the building wasn't occupied," OC Communications Manager Jessica Waters said. "The restaurant was closed and there were no employees that were present. The good news is that nobody was hurt." 

We will continue to update as information is confirmed by fire officials. 

Kim Holloway posted on the LOCALS ONLY Facebook page a post in search of businesses that would be willing to hire the displaced employees of Mad Fish. 

The post has gained traction, and various representatives of OC businesses have already offered support and job openings.

These businesses include Lombardis on 94th Street, Victoria's Seafood and Crabs on 81st Street, Crabcake Factory'ys Loca Madre near 120th Street, the Harrison Group Restaurant Division, Matt Ortt Companies in Berlin and Ocean 13 off of 13th Street. 

Mad Fish posted on its Facebook page about the incident. 

"It is with great sadness that we share this news and report that due to the extent of the damage, Mad Fish will be closed until further notice the post said. 

"We would like to thank the firefighters and emergency personnel who swiftly responded to this emergency. We would also like to thank all of our staff for their hard work over the last year in making Mad Fish an up and coming success in Ocean City.

"We are so grateful for those who supported Mad Fish early on in this new venture; we will be back and stronger than ever."

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