Fatal Worcester County fire under investigation

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The Worcester County Fire Marshal's Office said a fatal Monday night fire in West Ocean City was an accident related to the placement of a space heater.

A Worcester County deputy patrolling Ocean Gateway and Elm Street spotted a fire in the area and alerted the Ocean City Fire Department just before 10:50 p.m.

A news release from the the fire marshal's office shows it was a shed in the back of the property at 9961 Elm Street that caught fire. When officials notified residents about the incident, they learned a man had been living in the shed.

Crews searching the structure found the body of a deceased male inside, according to a Facebook post from the Ocean City Fire Department.

There were no working smoke alarms in the shed, the fire department said, and the structure was a total loss.

The fire marshal's office said the fire was determined to be an accident caused by a heating appliance that was located too close to combustibles.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation.

The Berlin Volunteer Fire Company and Maryland State Police also responded to the scene to assist.

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This article originally appeared on Salisbury Daily Times: Fatal Worcester County fire under investigation

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