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Fire Sprinklers Put Out Ocean City Restaurant Fire

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A fire at The Crab Bag restaurant in Ocean City, Md. Monday morning was quickly extinguished by the restaurant's fire protection systems. (Photo: Ocean City Fire Department) A fire at The Crab Bag restaurant in Ocean City, Md. Monday morning was quickly extinguished by the restaurant's fire protection systems. (Photo: Ocean City Fire Department)

OCEAN CITY, Md. - A fire at an Ocean City restaurant was quickly put out thanks to fire sprinklers and a kitchen extinguishing system, reigniting the push for the proper use of fire protection systems.

According to the Ocean City Fire Department, the fire happened just before 11:30 am Monday. Firefighters were called to The Crab Bag Restaurant on 130th Street in Ocean City, but when crews arrived, they said they found that the fire was out and the two-story restaurant was evacuated thanks to the fire alarm ringing. Upon entering the building, the fire department said firefighters discovered one single fire sprinkler actively spraying water near the propane oven. In the kitchen area, firefighters said they found light smoke conditions and evidence of a fire that been extinguished by the kitchen extinguishing hood and the fire sprinkler system.

“Fire protection systems saved lives and property at The Crab Bag,” said Fire Marshal David W. Hartley. “This is one example why the Office of The Fire Marshal maintains our Fire Protection Quality Assurance Program, to ensure all fire protection systems work as intended during an emergency.” 

Because of the quick response of the fire sprinklers, employees of The Crab Bag, firefighters, and fire protection contractors, The Crab was able to open for business the same day with an adjusted menu and was expected to be open for a full menu on Tuesday, the fire department said. 

The on-scene investigation by the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office revealed that the fire started as the result of a propane line being damaged with an ignition source in the area. The fire is classified as accidental.
 

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