Firefighters from several local companies spent more than three hours extinguishing a blaze on North Main Street in Pleasantville Friday afternoon.
Pleasantville police responded to the 300 block of the road – across from North Main Street Elementary School – at 3:15 p.m., said acting Chief Steve Wilkins.
Due to debris and items inside the house the firefighters could not enter inside and “aggressively” fight the fire, he said. Instead water was sprayed from the outside and overhead through a ladder onto the two-story single-family home, he said. The fire was under control at 6:45 p.m., he said.
Absecon EMS transported one firefighter to Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. Wilkins said the firefighter was fatigued from overwork and was released Friday night.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the home is a total loss due to the extensive damage, he said.
Because of the cold firefighters from several companies including Absecon, Atlantic City, Atlantic City International Airport, Ventnor, Brigantine and Northfield responded. The firefighters rotated in and out as they got cold.
A warming tent was set up at the scene for the firefighters and the county’s Public Works Department was at the location to clear any ice due to the cold temperatures.
The American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter reported a female resident of the home was given vouchers for food, clothing and lodging. Wilkins said they are trying to determine how many people lived in the house.