Fire destroys 3 shops in Ocean City

December 16, 2003

OCEAN CITY - Three boardwalk shops were destroyed and two adjoining buildings in the resort's historic downtown were damaged in a fire Sunday night. More than 75 volunteer firefighters struggled against high winds that fanned the blaze, which officials described as one of the most intense in nearly a decade.

At 10:44 p.m., a passer-by used a cell phone to report smoke pouring from 208 S. Atlantic Ave., a building between Talbot and Dorchester streets. Ocean City firefighters were quickly joined by volunteers from Berlin, Showell, Ocean Pines and Bethany Beach, Del.

Fire Marshal Samuel Villani said the blaze began in the electrical system of the two-story building that housed Fantasea Jewelry, Backwater BBQ & Blues and the Beach Grill. Firefighters were able to save two boardwalk landmarks on either side of the gutted building, Fisher's Popcorn and Polock Johnny's, he said. Both buildings suffered water and smoke damage.

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