FENWICK ISLAND — A huge mid-day fire at a waterfront residence in Selbyville sent black smoke billowing across the area Monday and displaced a local family.
Around noon on Monday, the Roxana, Ocean City and Bethany Beach fire companies responded to a residential house fire on Bayberry Road in the Keen-Wick on the Bay community along the waterfront in Selbyville. First arriving units from the Roxana Fire Company observed the two-story, single-family residence completely involved in fire.
The Ocean City Fire Department was second on the scene and began laying in hose lines from a hydrant to the arriving Tower 90. Roxana Fire Company Deputy Chief Sean Magee established command and quickly sounded a second alarm as the fire swept through the residence and began to threaten neighboring properties, bringing the Selbyville and Millville Fire Companies to the scene.
The allied fire crews worked for over an hour to bring the initial blaze under control and clearing exposures to neighboring residences. Crews remained on scene throughout the afternoon doing remediation work. The home was occupied by one resident, but no injuries were reported. The initial estimated damage to the residence came in at around $1.1 million. Two neighboring residences suffered damage.