Hobart Avenue Fire

About 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, crews responded to the 600 block of Hobart Avenue after a passerby knocked on the door at the Station 3 firehouse and said they smelled and saw smoke, fire Chief Scott Evans said. When firefighters arrived, they saw flames from a second story window.

ATLANTIC CITY — A fire in the city’s Westside neighborhood Tuesday morning is the latest in a series of blazes in abandoned city homes, authorities said.

About 7:30 a.m., firefighters responded to the 600 block of Hobart Avenue after a passerby knocked on the door at the Station 3 firehouse and said they smelled and saw smoke, fire Chief Scott Evans said.

When firefighters arrived, they saw flames coming from a second-story window.

No one was in the home at the time, Evans said, but there was evidence of people living there.

“It was a boarded-up house,” Evans said, adding the building sustained major damage. “It appeared to be there were vagrants living in the house and using the house.”

The fire was under control in about 35 minutes, he said. Firefighters believe it started on the second floor before extending to the third.

No firefighters were injured, he said.

The city fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, which has been deemed suspicious, Evans said.

City EMS and fire crews from five stations responded.

Last month, city firefighters responded to a blaze around the corner from the home at another vacant house in the 1800 block of Lincoln Avenue. A week prior, firefighters responded to the same address for a couch fire.

“Atlantic City is experiencing a rash of fires in vacant buildings,” Evans said.

Contact: 609-272-7260

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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I cover breaking news on the digital desk. I graduated from Temple University in Dec. 2017 and joined the Press in the fall of 2018. Previously, I freelanced, covering Pennsylvania state politics and criminal justice reform.

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