August 3, 2023 - Commercial Structure Fire in West Ocean City

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a commercial structure fire at Hooper’s Restaurant located at 12913 Ocean Gateway in West Ocean City earlier this evening.

The Ocean City Fire Department was dispatched for an appliance fire in the kitchen at 7:32 PM. Upon arrival, crews quickly located a fire in the kitchen behind a cooking appliance. Firefighters from Ocean City and Berlin worked meticulously to contain the fire that extended into the walls for approximately 3 hours.

The restaurant was at full capacity at the time of the fire and an orderly evacuation led by restaurant staff resulted in no injuries being reported.

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene and conducted a fire scene examination. The exact cause of the fire considered accidental originating in an area near the cooking appliance that was involved.

The restaurant is expected to remain closed for repairs for several days.

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For further information contact Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Korb, Jr. at 410-632-5666 x2 or