By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer
(Jan. 9, 2020) A fatal fire that occurred on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 in Berlin is still under investigation by the Worcester County Fire Marshal. Volunteer Fire Companies from Berlin, Bishopville, Newark, Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Showell responded to 10347 Trappe Road at 6:11 p.m.
Firefighters said that the heavy fire conditions were under control by 7:33 p.m. They located a female occupant and she was transported to Atlantic General Hospital, where she later died. The house did not have a working smoke alarm or fire sprinklers.
According to Deputy Fire Marshal Hunter Mauk, there is still no further information on how the cause of the fire. The identity of the woman has not yet been released by the Office of the Maryland Chief Medical Examiner.
Anyone with information regarding the fire should contact Worcester County Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon at 410-632-5666, ext. 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.