SEA ISLE CITY — Authorities searched Thursday for a woman missing after a large fire reduced a half-million-dollar home to a smoldering pile of debris, injuring two people.
The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office described the unaccounted-for person as an elderly woman. Two residents were taken to area hospitals. Authorities did not provide identities for the injured or the missing woman.
As of Thursday night, officials had not identified the cause of the fire.
About 11:30 a.m., authorities received multiple 911 calls reporting flames and heavy smoke from a house on 54th Street between Landis and Pleasure avenues, police Chief Thomas McQuillen said.
Three side-by-side duplexes with a total of six units were damaged by the fire and smoke. Fire crews worked quickly to protect neighboring homes on the block.
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Investigators on Friday dug through the debris of the 54th Street home destroyed by fire Thursday in Sea Isle City.
Black smoke and flames could be seen from a fire that broke out on 54th Street in Sea Isle City, severely damaging three side-by-side duplex homes.Police Chief Thomas McQuillen said authorities received multiple 911 reporting the fire. (Nov. 29, 2018)
Flames seen inside a duplex home on 54th Street in Sea Isle City. Official said the fire broke out in one home, then spread to neighboring properties on either side. (Nov. 29, 2018)
Assisting fire companies, including Ocean City, took precautionary measures to prevent a fire that destroyed three duplex homes from spreading to other properties on the surrounding blocks. (Nov. 29, 2018)
The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office described the unaccounted-for person in Thursday’s Sea Isle City fire as an elderly woman. Two residents were taken to area hospitals. Authorities did not provide identities for the injured or the missing woman.
Fire crews from Sea Isle City, Ocean City, Avalon, Ocean View and Strathmere fought Thursday’s multidwelling fire in Sea Isle.