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Fire Strikes Again at Lazy Lizard Brew Pub in Ocean City

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Photo from the February 10 fire at De Lazy Lizard Brew Pub (Photo: WBOC) Photo from the February 10 fire at De Lazy Lizard Brew Pub (Photo: WBOC)
OCEAN CITY, Md. - More than a month after a fire tore through a popular Ocean City brew pub and above apartments, Ocean City firefighters responded once again Wednesday for reports of another fire.

At about 5 a.m., Ocean City firefighters were dispatched to De Lazy Lizard Brew Pub on Philadelphia Avenue for a reported structure fire. According to town spokeswoman Jessica Waters, initial reports indicated smoke and fire were visible from a second floor window of the three-and-a-half story structure. Waters says someone passing by saw the smoke and flames and called 911.

Upon arrival, Waters says firefighters quickly extinguished a small fire on the second floor. Damage was limited to a small area in a second floor room.  Ocean City Police temporarily closed traffic on a portion of southbound Philadelphia Avenue during Fire Department operations, but all roadways are clear at this time.

Waters says another call came in around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for reports of smoke coming up from the floor in several rooms. However, once firefighters arrived, investigators from the Fire Marshal's Office determined it to be a false alarm. Waters say investigators determined the "smoke" seen by construction workers was actually steam rising off the wet floors, which had begun warming after restoration workers opened windows and allowed sun into the building. Fire officials say no actual smoke or fire was found. Traffic on southbound Philadelphia Avenue was shut down and rerouted for about 30 minutes, according to Waters. 

No one was injured in the morning fire, according to Waters. She says the building is undergoing cleanup and restoration from the previous fire on February 10 and is empty and closed for business. 

Four people were injured, including two Ocean City firefighters, in the February fire and it left the building heavily damaged. Fire officials say 20 people from 14 families lost their homes that day. The cause of that fire was undetermined but the Maryland State Fire Marshal said a few weeks later that an electrical malfunction could not be ruled out as a contributing cause.

The cause of Wednesday morning's fire is under investigation by the Ocean City Fire Marshal's Office.  Anyone with information relating to the building or the fire is asked to contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 410-289-8780.
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