No Injuries Reported In North OC Fire


OCEAN CITY — No injuries were reported during a fire at a north-end condominium building Wednesday night, although the building did suffer considerable damage.

Around 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, the Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) responded to a reported residential fire at the Harbor Woods North condo building on 142nd Street near Laurel Ave. First responders reported heavy fire showing from the roof of the three-story, 12-unit building. The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company was called to provide support assistance.

The fire was contained to the roof area and the soffit around the roof, which suffered significant damage. There was also some fire and water damage to some of the third-floor units. The building was occupied at the time of the fire.

According to OCFD spokesman Steve Price, the fire was contained in about an hour although fire crews remained on the scene for about two hours.

Investigators with the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the fire originated in a concealed wall space surrounding a fireplace chimney in unit 304.

Large volumes of combustible grass nesting materials, located in close proximity to the chimney vent piping and apparently the result of extended bird occupation, was likely ignited by convective and radiant heat from the vent pipe.  The vent pipe served the ground floor unit, where the occupants had been burning a fire in the fireplace. 

Berlin Looking To Further Promote Dining, Artists

BERLIN — While Berlin has always strived to portray itself as a shopping destination on the Eastern Shore, town and community officials have been turning their attention in recent weeks to highlighting entertainment, dinning, and the arts in town. “I think we’re just going to start to partner more with the chamber,” said Economic and Community Development Director Michael Day. … Continue reading

Audit Confirms Berlin Cutting Expenses, Growing Revenues

BERLIN — With revenues up and expenditures down, Berlin received a positive annual audit this week from the independent finance group PKS and Company. While there are some areas that bear watching, including a large slice of town debt, PKS auditors agreed that Berlin is in a better spot than many other American small towns. CPA Mike Kleger of PKS … Continue reading

NEW FOR THURSDAY: Morning Power Outage Affected 5,000

BERLIN — Thousands were without power across a wide swath of northern Worcester County early this morning when a breaker tripped at a substation near Berlin after running low on gas. Around 4:45 a.m. on Thursday, a breaker tripped at a Delmarva Power substation at Route 346 on the outskirts of Berlin leaving around 5,000 customers without power on a … Continue reading

Worcester Casino Mulling Addition Of Table Games

SNOW HILL — In the wake of a successful voter referendum for Maryland’s Question 7, an initiative allowing a significant expansion in state gambling laws, the Worcester County’s Local Development Council (LDC) and Ocean Downs Casino representatives discussed Monday if, when and how the casino will expand. While Ocean Downs General Manager Joe Cavilla was not prepared to set anything … Continue reading

Proposed Beach Music Festival Delayed Till 2014

OCEAN CITY – The much-anticipated High Tide Music Festival has been postponed for the second year in a row and has taken a turn toward boot stomping versus fist pumping. After an update on the scheduled High Tide Music Festival for this summer was postponed twice, Tom Russell of Founders Entertainment was present for this week’s Mayor and City Council … Continue reading

Ocean City Scores $150K In Md. Community Legacy Grants

OCEAN CITY — Worcester County, Ocean City and the entire lower shore did well this week when the latest round of state Community Legacy program awards were announced with $150,000 dedicated to the resort alone. The state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) on Wednesday announced an award of over $5.5 million in Community Legacy grants to jurisdictions and … Continue reading

Council Majority Shoots Down Restaurant’s Outside Bar Request

BERLIN — Though the controversy over drinking in public at Berlin events had quieted following a string of successful and trouble-free festivals, a majority of the Mayor and Council voted Monday not to allow a local restaurant the privilege of operating an outside bar during New Year’s Eve. “From my perspective, I just have a problem with promoting alcohol in … Continue reading