Members of the Ocean City Fire Department are thawing out after a morning fire kept personnel outside in the frosty temperatures for several hours. First responders, including personnel from the Ocean City police and public works departments, arrived at the Pelican Beach condominiums, located on 140th Street, after several citizens in the area reported a structure fire with heavy black smoke.
As responding units arrived, an active fire was noticeable on the first floor parking garage and second floor residential units of the five-story building. The fire had also spread to the dune area on the east side of the property. In addition, responding personnel reported the sound of explosions coming from the area of a work truck and generator on the first floor parking garage.
Except for three maintenance workers who were working on the roof at the time the fire began, the multi-unit building was unoccupied. The maintenance workers evacuated the building unharmed before the arrival of fire department personnel.
The fire was under control within an hour of the department’s arrival, although personnel remained on scene into the late afternoon. The building experienced significant damage to the exterior on the east side, as well as the interior of two units.
At this time, the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office.