NORTHFIELD— The Atlantic County fire marshal is investigating an early morning fire at the Meadowview Nursing home on Dolphin Avenue, which displaced four patients from their rooms.

The fire started in a room on the first floor from a radio, officials said in a statement. 

A chair was "pretty well charred" and a sprinkler in the room put out the fire, said said county executive Dennis Levinson, who also responded to the call.

Meadowview administrator Michelle Savage said a staff member saw smoke coming from the room and removed the patient.

About 17 patients in nearby rooms were evacuated in the affected hallway, and no injuries were reported.

A room on the garden floor level, beneath the room where the fire started, was also affected by water from the sprinkler system, officials said.

Northfield, Pleasantville and Somers Point firefighters responded to the scene at 5 a.m. today, to battle the fire.

Levinson received the call this morning alerting him of the fire, and he arrived at the scene about 5:15 a.m., he said. By that time crews had already put out the fire.

Family members of the affected patients were immediately contacted and informed of the fire, and all other patients' families are being informed as well, officials said.