Investigation into Sea Isle City fire continues

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 SEA ISLE CITY – The county fire marshal and the county prosecutor Monday continued their investigation into a fire that destroyed three beachfront condominiums last week, drawing firefighters from 14 South Jersey towns.

The investigation could be complete by Thursday.

Smoke from the blaze could be seen rising high into a clear blue sky Friday afternoon. Strong winds off the ocean helped fan the flames, quickly spreading the fire to two neighboring buildings.

Three buildings with five residential units were destroyed, Sea Isle City Police Lt. Thomas McQuillen said Monday. Eleven neighboring buildings suffered some form of damage, he said.

“Some had minor siding damage,” he said. “Others had extensive melted siding, windows broken, water and smoke damage.”

McQuillen said 14 fire departments from South Jersey responded to the fire. Three rescue squads also responded, he said.

The Cape May County Fire Marshal and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office are now investigating the cause of the fire. McQuillen said the investigation could be complete by Thursday.

“I know this is one of the hardest things they do,” he said of the investigation. “The extent of the scene makes it very difficult. They are in the process of tracking down witnesses now and reviewing recordings.”

Nobody was injured in the fire, McQuillen said. A family was standing outside one of the burning homes when police arrived, he said.

A passerby had notified them the building they were inside was on fire, he said.

“When police arrived, they ran back inside to grab keys or something and the officer yelled for them to come back out,” McQuillen said.



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