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Updated: Fire Ruins Warehouse Building Near Pocomoke City

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The day after Sunday's fire at a warehouse near Pocomoke City. (Photo: WBOC) The day after Sunday's fire at a warehouse near Pocomoke City. (Photo: WBOC)
The day after Sunday's fire at a warehouse near Pocomoke City. (Photo: WBOC) The day after Sunday's fire at a warehouse near Pocomoke City. (Photo: WBOC)
The day after Sunday's fire at a warehouse near Pocomoke City. (Photo: WBOC) The day after Sunday's fire at a warehouse near Pocomoke City. (Photo: WBOC)
Sunday night's warehouse fire in Pocomoke City. (Photo credit: Lorie Ann Strout) Sunday night's warehouse fire in Pocomoke City. (Photo credit: Lorie Ann Strout)

POCOMOKE CITY, Md.- Authorities are investigating a Sunday night fire that caused an estimated $250,000 worth of damage to a warehouse building located just outside Pocomoke City. 

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said that shortly after 8 p.m. a passerby reported the blaze at a 70-foot by 250-foot wood-framed storage warehouse at 33819 Market Street Extended. The property is owned by Bierman Family LLC, investigators said.  The building was the former home of Somerset Packing Co. which was a tomato cannery.

Ernie Stout of Pocomoke took video of the fire on his cellphone, which he shared with WBOC on Monday.  Stout said he drove by the property a few times on Sunday.

"We came by here probably two or three hours before the big fire and saw some smoke," Stout said.

Stout added the next time he drove by the smoke was gone.  However, 45 minutes later, a black cloud could be seen billowing up from the trees.

"When I saw the big plume of smoke, I was afraid a plane has crashed or something like that because it was such a big black ball at first.  And then, the closer I got, I could see the flames shooting up here.  And then once I realized where it was, I said that's the old cannery we saw smoking earlier,'" Stout told WBOC Monday morning.

It took 30 firefighters from the Pocomoke City Fire Department approximately two hours to get the fire under control.

The fire's area of origin and cause remain under investigation. 

The charred and twisted metal was a tough sight to see for Ferrell Santacroce, who had just photographed the old building a week ago.  Santacroce said while taking pictures, she noticed firecrackers throughout the property.

"I just thought it was odd.  And they were whole firecrackers.  Big firecrackers.  I just thought it was weird."

Santacroce has reported the firecrackers to the State Fire Marshal's office.  Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact the Lower Eastern Region Office of the State Fire Marshal at (410) 713-3780.

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