Fire on West 17th Street in Ocean City

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A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department. A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department. OCEAN CITY — Strong winds fueled an early morning blaze at a lagoon-front duplex at 230-232 West 17th Street early Thursday morning, May 1.

According to Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Breunig, firefighters arrived to find fire coming through the roof of the second floor of the duplex, in the rear of the structure.

“The first units to arrive began a defensive operation to protect neighboring homes,” said Breunig. “They started putting water on it from ladder trucks and used hand hoses to keep the fire from spreading.

“They arrived and it was very windy and foggy,” he said, hampering efforts to contain the blaze.

Breunig said it took firefighter one hour and 10 minutes to put the fire out.

The two alarm blaze was reported by a neighbor across the street about 4 a.m. he said.

“We handled it all with Ocean City’s personnel and Ocean City’s equipment,” he said, adding that mutual aid stood by, with Marmora covering the island’s south end and Somers Point covering the north end.

“We had a department recall, we called in all of our off-duty firefighters,” said Breunig.

The structure may be a total loss, he said.

“The second floor was being remodeled,” he said. The second floor was heavily damaged by fire and water; the first floor suffered water damage, he said.

“No one was in the building at the time and no one was injured,” he said. “The cause of the fire has not been determined.”

Breunig said the fire is under investigation.

A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department. A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department. A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department. A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department. A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department. A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department. A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department. A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department. A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department. A late night blaze tore through a home on West 17th Street. Photos courtesy of Ocean City Fire Department.


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