A fast-moving fire displaced four people and took down electricity in an entire block in Atlantic City tonight.

The call came in around 6:30 p.m. of a fire on the 1600 block of Emerson Avenue in Venice Park, Fire Chief Dennis Brooks said.

The fire took out the second floor and went through the roof, he said. The first floor was filled with smoke.

"It was very fast moving," Brooks said.

A barbecue exploded and the electric line was burned, he said.

The fire was under control by 7:30 p.m.

Electric crews were working to restore power.

Brooks said a first-floor occupant was allowed to go back in with firefighters and get out her dog. There are no reported injuries at this time.

A fire investigator is on the scene to determine how the fire began. It does not appear suspicious, he said.

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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