UPDATE: Destruction in Sea Isle City blaze

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Photo by Chris South/ The fast moving beachfront blaze has destroyed several buildings in southern Sea Isle City. Photo by Chris South/ The fast moving beachfront blaze has destroyed several buildings in southern Sea Isle City. SEA ISLE CITY — At least three buildings are destroyed and fire crews are working to save others as a fast-moving fire tears through a beachfront neighborhood in Sea Isle City this Good Friday, April 18.

As of late Friday afternoon, firefighters from around the county are on scene, fighting to control the fast moving beachfront conflagration.

Little information was immediately available, but it seemed likely that the fire traveled from one building to the next, carried by in strong spring winds.

The fire is on Pleasure Avenue, at 79th Street.  

According to witnesses, the smoke from the fire could be seen for many miles, and crews were heading into town from Avalon, Ocean City, Ocean View and elsewhere in the county to try to bring the blaze under control. As of close to 6 p.m., smoke still filled the air through the neighborhood. Images from the fire show at least one house engulfed in flame, and another wreathed in thick smoke, the damage to the building apparent.

One witness, who asked not to be named, said at one point the flames from the blaze reached across the street.

A witness on the beach said she saw someone run toward one of the beachfront homes and knock on the door, alerting people inside that the building was on fire. They did not know that there was a fire at the time, she said. She asked not to be named in this story.

With fire crews on scene, no information on a possible cause or any injuries was immediately available. Look for updates as the story unfolds.

Photos by Matt Ulmer/ Fire crews are working to control a massive fire in Sea Isle City as of early Friday evening. Photos by Matt Ulmer/ Fire crews are working to control a massive fire in Sea Isle City as of early Friday evening.   Photo by Columb Higgins/ As of 5:45 p.m., there was still plenty of smoke pouring out of the building, and firefighters were still seeking help from other communities to put out the blaze. Photo by Columb Higgins/ As of 5:45 p.m., there was still plenty of smoke pouring out of the building, and firefighters were still seeking help from other communities to put out the blaze.

Photo by Columb Higgins/ As of 5:45 p.m., there was still plenty of smoke pouring out of the building, and firefighters were still seeking help from other communities to put out the blaze. Photo by Columb Higgins/ As of 5:45 p.m., there was still plenty of smoke pouring out of the building, and firefighters were still seeking help from other communities to put out the blaze. Photo by Chris South/ The fast moving beachfront blaze has destroyed several buildings in southern Sea Isle City. Photo by Chris South/ The fast moving beachfront blaze has destroyed several buildings in southern Sea Isle City.

Photos by Matt Ulmer/ Fire crews are working to control a massive fire in Sea Isle City as of early Friday evening. Photos by Matt Ulmer/ Fire crews are working to control a massive fire in Sea Isle City as of early Friday evening.


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