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Fire, explosions wrack casino garage facility

(Dec. 19, 2014) A fire at the Casino at Ocean Downs erupted on Monday, sending smoke and flames into the evening sky and the sounds of explosions echoing across the surrounding canals and into nearby neighborhoods.

Nick Denny took this long-exposure photo of a fire that broke out on Monday night inside a maintenance shaft at the Casino at Ocean Downs on Route 589 near Ocean Pines. Denny capture the blaze from the dock of his home about 200 yards away across Turville creek. [PHOTO COURTESY NICK DENNY]
The first call came in at approximately 7:30 p.m., and firefighters from Berlin, Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Showell and Newark responded.

Worcester County Fire Marshal Chief Deputy Matthew Owens said the fire originated in the bay area of the four-bay maintenance shop at Ocean Downs.

“When the fire company got there, the flames were extending through the roof with a partial collapse of the roof area,” Owens said.

Crews fought four hours to contain the fire, but the building was “totaled,” according to Owens.

The fire did not spread to the main facilities of the casino and no injuries were reported.

Owens said the cause of the fire was undetermined, and the investigation is continuing.

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