On Friday, October 18, 2013, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Ocean City Communications received a call for a fire in the 600 block of Atlantic Avenue at the landmark Majestic hotel. Ocean City Fire Department personnel responded to the scene, which is located on the Ocean City boardwalk, and found fire coming from the building upon their arrival.
Witnesses told investigators that they heard a large “boom” come from the building and then reported seeing smoke. Due to the type of construction and the age of the building, a third alarm was called, however; members from the OCFD worked immediately to control the fire, which was extinguished a short time later.
The hotel is currently closed for the winter and the only known person on the premise was a maintenance worker. One fire cadet was treated on scene for a minor injury sustained during his response; however, no additional injuries were reported. The fire cadet was treated and released.
The initial investigation determined that the fire started in the basement store of the hotel. The cause of the fire, which is being handled by the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office, is still under investigation.
The Ocean City Museum Society is inviting all “locals” to visit the Life-Saving Station Museum during the fourth annual “Local’s Week Celebration.” During the week of October 24 -31, residents and visitors of Ocean City are invited to tour the Museum for the special “locals” celebration.
“We invite our residents and visitors to discover the local heritage and history that makes this area so unique,” said Diane Knuckles, Assistant Curator of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. “We hope our citizens will join us and share favorite memories or stories of Ocean City with our staff that we can include in our archives.”
Museum visitors can complete a scavenger hunt and win a complimentary one year Museum Membership. Memberships to the Museum Society are also available at many affordable levels. The Museum, which is located at the South end of the Boardwalk, is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be free admission for “locals” during “Local’s Week Celebration.”
For more information call 410-289-4991 or visit www.ocmuseum.org.
Summer might be drawing to an end but the free family fun continues with three exciting events returning to Ocean City this October! The first event is the giant “Halloween Beach Maze” Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20 and October 26-27, 10am-5pm each day. This year the Maze is bigger and better than ever! Experience a “pleasant” scream as you meander the sands of the giant beach maze. Wicked witches, pirates of the sand, scary scarecrows, ghouls in the graveyard, creepy clowns, zombies and more await your arrival. The beach maze is free for the whole family. Look for the entrance to the maze on the beach near North Division Street.
The next event you don’t want to miss is the “Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade” Saturday October 19th at 2pm. Lots of prizes and surprises will be awarded for best dressed pets, family and friends. Gather your goblins, dress in your best costume and parade the boards. The parade will begin at 2pm on the boardwalk at North Division Street. Registration will take place starting at 1pm. It’s free to enter! Plus show your support for the Worcester County Humane Society by making a donation of pet food, blankets, toys, treats or any other pet friendly items.
Rounding out the events for O.C.toberfest is “The Great Pumpkin Race” Saturday October 26th at 2pm. This event is a wacky and zany side-by-side race featuring wild and tricked out pumpkin racecars. Join the free fun by creating your very own pumpkin racecar and enjoy a fun-spirited good ole fashion bump and bang pumpkin race. Prizes will be awarded for creativity and for race winners. It’s a run what you brung pumpkin race with a few simple rules to follow. For a complete list of rules visit www.octoberfestmd.com. Registration takes place starting at 1pm on the boardwalk at North Division Street. Races will begin at 2pm. If you’re not up for the challenge of making a pumpkin racecar come watch all the excitement and cheer on your favorite racer!
For more information on any of the events call 410-798-6304 or visit www.OCtoberfestmd.com. O.C.toberfest events are presented by the Mayor and City Council along with the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Advisory Board.
The Town of Ocean City will resume its winter trash collection schedule on Monday, October 14. Residential trash collections will be reduced to one day per week, while commercial trash collections will be reduced to three days per week.
The trash collection schedule will be as follows:
- Residential: (waste wheelers):
- Monday – Oceanside (75th Street to 146th Street); bayside (75th Street to 135th Street).
- Tuesday – All areas (Inlet to 74th Street); bayside (136th Street to 146th Street).
- Commercial: (Front-end and 300-gallon containers)
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday: All areas.
This trash collection schedule will be in effect until May 11, 2014. For more information about the Town of Ocean City’s Solid Waste Division, please visit: http://oceancitymd.gov/Public_Works/solidwaste.html.
On Thursday, October 10, 2013, at approximately 5 p.m., Ocean City Communications received a call for a house fire in the area of 128th Street. Ocean City Fire Department personnel responded to the scene, which was located on the ocean block, and found fire coming from the home upon their arrival.
According to witnesses, the fire began in the kitchen and rapidly spread through the interior of the home. Crews from the Ocean City Fire Department worked immediately to control the fire, which was extinguished a short time later.
The occupants of the home were able to safely exit upon arrival of fire department, however a cat remained inside. Fire Department personnel located the animal and safely returned the pet to its owners. No injuries were reported by the occupants or the animal, who was transported to the Ocean City Animal Hospital.
“It is National Fire Prevention Week and we have been spreading the word to our residents and visitors that more fires start in the kitchen than any other part of the home,” said Ocean City Fire Department Chief Chris Larmore. “Thankfully, no one was injured in this incident; however it is a testament to how dangerous kitchen fires can be. We hope that by sharing this year’s fire safety campaign with our community we will be teaching residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.”
The cause of the fire, which was investigated by the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office, is classified as accidental. To learn more about fire prevention week and how to prevent kitchen fires, visit http://www.firepreventionweek.org/.