Fire Damages Two Homes on West Avenue at South End
Firefighters extinguish a blaze that spread Wednesday from a single-family home to a neighboring duplex between 35th and 36th streets on West Avenue.
A fire damaged a duplex and neighboring single-family home on Wednesday evening, and two people who entered one of the burning structures were transported to Shore Memorial Hospital as a precautionary measure for smoke inhalation.
Both were released from the hospital on Wednesday with no injuries.
Ocean City firefighters responded to a call at 6:18 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 18), and personnel from fire stations at 29th Street, 46th Street and Sixth Street arrived to find a fire inside a house at 3536 West Avenue.
Two people were in the home at the time, and both escaped safely.
One occupant ran back into the house to try to retrieve a pet cat, and an Ocean City police officer followed in an effort to stop him, according to acting Fire Chief Charlie Bowman. Both were taken Shore Memorial for observation. Their names have not yet been released. The cat was found and later reunited with its owner.
The fire was in the back of the single-family home and spread to the vinyl siding of a neighboring gray duplex at 3532/3534 West Avenue, Bowman said. It moved into the eaves of the second floor and migrated through the roof structure — with flames burning through the roof.
The duplex had no occupants at the time of the fire.
Bowman said the cause of the fire is still under investigation and that there was no indication it was suspicious.
The firefighting effort included a recall of Ocean City firefighters and mutual aid from Marmora and Somers Point.
The single-family home and the second floor of the duplex sustained heavy fire damage, according to Bowman. The first floor of the duplex remains "mostly unscathed" with the exception of some north side and window damage.