VENTNOR — Firefighters rescued a man from the deck of his second-floor apartment as fire engulfed a beach block duplex Wednesday, Oct. 18. No one was injured.

The owner of the property at 102 S. Oakland Ave. was rescued by ladder from a second-story front deck within five minutes of the fire department being notified of the fire, according to reports.

Ventnor Fire Chief Michael Cahill estimated damage to the property and its contents at $500,000.

A vehicle outside the structure was also damaged by smoke, heat and debris.

The fire was reported to the Ventnor City Fire Department at 4:52 p.m. Six minutes later, called a general alarm and received assistance from the Margate Fire Department. The fire was knocked down by 5:20 p.m. and declared under control by 5:39 p.m., Cahill said.

Thirty-three Ventnor firefighters responded using four engines, one ladder truck and two ambulances. Margate responded with Quint-24, Cahill said. South Jersey Gas Company and Atlantic City Electric arrived to turn off utilities.

Cahill said the incident was the most documented fire he has ever seen during his career.

“I've received dozens of pictures and videos of the scene, and it is all over the internet,” he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation with assistance from the Ventnor City Police Department and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

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