ATLANTIC CITY — Investigation is ongoing into an early morning fire Saturday at the Bayview Inn on Route 40, the abandoned motel where Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a raid last week and found an alligator in the pool. Atlantic City Fire Chief Scott Evans said the fire has been deemed suspicious.
“An off-duty firefighter, Richard Luff, was on his way to work. He spotted the smoke and flames on his way to work and he called 911,” Evans said.
The department was called out about 6:45 a.m. and responded with three engines and a ladder truck.
On arrival, firefighters reported heavy flames and smoke extending out of one unit. While the bulk of the fire was contained to one unit, Evans said it was fully involved and extending to the second-floor units and the units on either side of it. The fire was under control in about 45 minutes, but water supply was an issue for firefighters, Evans said.
“The motel is in a remote area and water supply was an issue where they had to connect the hydrants on the opposite side of the street. They had to close down Route 40 in both directions for 15 minutes for an additional water supply,” Evans said.
According to Evans, the owners of the Bayview Inn were in the process of relocating residents and boarding up open units after this week’s raid.
“And this unit was one of the units that had already been boarded up,” Evans said. “There’s still units that are still wide open, and there’s still furniture and clothing. And there’s still lots of combustible that are wide open in areas that are unprotected.”
Evans said the fire department is working with the owners to ensure the board-up is expedited.