Ocean City, Maryland – May 10, 2018: Earlier today, at 9:53 a.m., the Ocean City Fire Department was dispatched to a reported kitchen fire at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 2 – 15th Street. Upon arrival of fire department personnel, the fire alarm system for the building was activated and occupant evacuation was in progress. Fire crews located an extinguished fire that had just occurred on the third floor in the hotel’s restaurant kitchen.
An investigation by the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office concluded that the fire started in the area of the stove top and spread vertically to the underside of the kitchen hood. It was noted that grease and carbon build-up contributed to the quick spread of the fire. Employees of the restaurant utilized three fire extinguishers unsuccessfully, ultimately manually activating the hood fire suppression system to extinguish the fire. The hotel was reoccupied within 30 minutes of fire department arrival.
“Having your fire protection systems inspected and maintained in accordance with local and state requirements is extremely important,” commented Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley. “Today’s incident is another example of fire protection systems saving property and lives.”