AC Fire Department

The Atlantic City Fire Department responded to two potential hazardous materials incidents this week among a more-than-usual number of fires recently, Atlantic City Fire Chief Scott Evans says.

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ATLANTIC CITY — A fire in a four-story, multifamily building in the 100 block of North California Avenue displaced a family of seven Sunday afternoon, Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Culleny said.

The call came into the fire department at 5 p.m. Sunday, but all the family members — two adults and five children — in the unit where it started were able evacuate, along with other residents in other homes in the building, Culleny said.

When the firefighters arrived on the scene, they couldn't see flames, but they could see smoke, Culleny said.

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The fire started in a rear apartment on the top floor, Culleny said.

"An aggressive interior attack kept the fire to the rear of the fourth floor," Culleny said.

The smoke damage was contained to the fourth floor, and there was water damage to the second through fourth floors, Culleny said. The apartment that suffered water damage was not occupied at the time, he said.

The family was relocated by the building's owners, Culleny said.

The same family was victim of a fire that completely gutted the place where they lived early last year on Bartram and Ventnor avenues in Atlantic City, Culleny said.

The 19 firefighters, who were on the scene, were able to keep the water from affecting the electricity of the other apartments that were occupied, Culleny said.

Four Atlantic City fire companies were on the scene. Battling the fire caused part of North California Avenue to be closed from 5 to 6 p.m., Culleny said.

The fire is under review by the department's fire investigation unit, Culleny said.

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Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.

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