OCEAN CITY — Months after a significant fire at the historic Majestic Hotel on the Boardwalk at 7th Street, renovation and restoration efforts continue to inch closer to the finish line, and the establishment is on track for reopening in time for the upcoming season.
Around mid-day on Oct. 18, 2013, a fire broke out at the Majestic Hotel. The Ocean City Fire Department responded, as did crews from Berlin and Ocean Pines. Witnesses told investigators they heard a loud “boom” come from the building and then reported seeing smoke. Due to the type of construction and the age of the building, a third alarm was called, but the Ocean City Fire Department quickly controlled the fire and prevented it from spreading before it was extinguished a short time later.
The Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire started in a basement store of the hotel. The hotel had already been closed for the season at the time of the fire and the only person on premise was a maintenance worker. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours as crews removed the shudders from the upper floors and smoke emanated from the windows on the higher floors of the hotel.