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Fire Destroys House on Beach Road

The fire department responded to the incident late Sunday afternoon.

A three-story home on the corner of Morningside Road and Beach Road was decimated by a Sunday afternoon fire that damaged a neighboring house and that hospitalized one firefighter due to heat related injuries, according to Deputy Chief Mark McCulley of the Ocean City Fire Department.

Capt. Gary Green was treated and released after overheating and showing signs of high blood pressure while fighting the blaze, according to acting Fire Chief Charles Bowman.

When the firefighters first arrived at the residence at about 3:45 p.m., the fire was already tearing through the second floor of the home, but because two neighboring houses were exposed to damage and because of strong northeast winds, the firefighters focused on first protecting those properties, McCulley said.

"Upon arrival, it was going pretty good," Bowman said.

By 4:30 p.m., the fire was mostly under control, but damage could be seen throughout the entire structure of the house. Although some of the first floor is still intact, the house appears to be a total loss, according to McCulley.

No residents were home at the time of the fire. Residents of neighboring properties were evacuated.

Property tax records from 2011 list George A. Stohner and Brendan Burnett, of Indianapolis, IN, as the owners of the property, which is assessed at $2.6 million.

Firefighters from all three Ocean City fire stations responded, and stations in Marmora and Somers Point provided backup coverage.

Onlookers could be seen on Morningside Road, on the beach opposite of the house, and down side streets watching the blaze at the stately and classic beach-block home.

Cape May County, Ocean City Police Department and Ocean City Fire Department personnel are investigating the cause of the fire but are not expected to make a determination for a couple of days.

Dr. Raab May 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Duffer- do I know you? Why does everyone attack one another on this site? Just read the story and move on- no one cares about your opinions. If you want to thank the fire department, then go to a station and thank them. Don't do it on the patch.
Duffer May 22, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I do know the real Dr Raab and two of his brothers. Known them for many years. Don't know who the person calling himself Dr Raab on Patch really is though.
Nancy May 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM
The fire department did an amazing job.
Trixie May 25, 2012 at 03:08 AM
The point was obviously missed by this poster. It's not lack of empathy for the home-owners. It's the fact that people are so busy gawking and making a spectacle of someone's tragedy that they trample the dunes that are there to protect erosion of our neighborhood beach and all the other OC beaches. Maybe the poster was one of the people standing on the dunes to get a better view of someone's else's misfortune.
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