On November 4, 2023, at 1133, Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company was alerted, with several mutual aid companies and support agencies, for a commercial structure fire at the United Cocoa Processor facility on Pencader Drive in the Pencader Corporate Center. Initial reports to the 911 Center reported smoke coming from the roof with an automatic fire alarm system signaling a water flow alarm at the site. Fire department personnel arrived to find smoke and fire visible from the roof with smoke conditions in the interior. A vat with an approximately 20- by x 50-foot section of the ceiling and roof were found to be on fire. A second alarm assignment was requested for additional assistance. Two United Cocoa Processor employees were assisted from the roof by firefighters. Delmarva Power was requested to secure both electric and gas service to the building. This was the second fire at the United Cocoa Processor facility this year. Aetna and other companies responded for a fire at the same facility on July 26, 2023.

– Submitted by Lawrence Tan