UPDATED 1:40pm – Maryland fire investigators credit an automatic fire sprinkler system, required fire separation and quick response from the fire department for limiting the property dollar loss and saving lives at this morning’s fire at the Mill Pond Village Apartment complex. Fire investigators say a 3rd floor balcony and roof assembly above was involved in fire. The origin of the fire was the balcony and the cause was accidental as a result of discarded smoking materials. One sprinkler head activated and was able to prevent the spread of the fire from the balcony into the living space. The fire did access the attic space where required fire separations helped to prevent further fire damage. The apartment building has 24 units – and 35 people have been displaced because of the fire. There were no injuries and damage is estimated at $500,000.
An early morning for firefighters in Wicomico County. Salisbury fire crews were called just after 1:30 for a blaze at the Mill Pond Village Apartments. Crews arriving at the scene found a well advanced fire, but with help from the Delmar, Hebron and Parsonsburg fire companies they were able to bring the fire under control in 45 minutes. Officials say everyone was evacuated safely and there were no injuries. It’s believed the cause is discarded smoking materials. The fire marshal’s office is investigating.