West Ocean City Harbor Fire Confirmed As Arson

West Ocean City Harbor Fire Confirmed As Arson
Firefighters are pictured battling the June 22 blaze on Harbor Road in West Ocean City. Photo courtesy of OCFD

OCEAN CITY — After a two-week investigation, the cause of a West Ocean City fire along the harbor has been confirmed as arson.

In a release Tuesday, the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office reported determining the fire was “intentional (or arson).”

The fire, which occurred around 1:51 a.m. June 22, destroyed an unoccupied home and boat house and damaged three neighboring properties. Two firefighters were injured fighting the blaze but later released from the hospital.

The name of the suspect in the arson have not been released.

“The assistance of the public has been encouraging and the Fire Marshal’s Office, along with the allied agencies, is following up on every led,” 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 Worcester County Bureau of Investigation is assisting the County Fire Marshal’s Office with the on-going investigation.”

Citizens with tips on the fire are asked to call the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office at 410-632-5666 or the Maryland Fire and Arson hotline at 1-800-492-7528.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.