On March 30, 2008, a nine-alarm fire spread down Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk destroying the Dough Roller restaurant and severely damaging Marty’s Playland arcade and apartments. The winds were a key factor in the spread of the fire. Recalling the great Boardwalk fire of 1925, help from neighboring towns was quickly summoned.
More than 225 firefighters from 19 towns were called to fight the blaze: Berlin, Showell, Bishopville, Ocean Pines, Selbyville, Roxanna, Parsonsburg, Pittsville, Willards, Powellville, Bethany Beach, Lewes, Millsboro, Millville, Rehobeth Beach, Dagsboro, Frankford, Georgetown, and of course, Ocean City all responded. Five of the eventual eight aerial pieces that arrived from Maryland and Delaware created a formidable sight during the tragedy.
Although there were ample men, hoses and ladders to fight the fire, at first there was not enough water to get the job done. As a result, water was pumped from hydrants as far as four blocks away. Ex-Mayors Mathias and Powell assisted with fighting the fire.
The Town had to divert water from its northern pumping stations.

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