fire in Egg Harbor City

Police and firefighters work to quell the flames after a fire broke out Aug. 23 at the Dollar General on the White Horse Pike in Egg Harbor City. The cause was suspected to be arson, Mayor Lisa Jiampetti said. The fire led to a water main break, leaving residents in the area without water until mid-afternoon the next day.

EGG HARBOR CITY — A fire at a Dollar General Friday night on the White Horse Pike resulted in a water main break, leaving residents in the area without water until Saturday afternoon.

“The residents in that area between the White Horse Pike and Arago Street will be without water today for an undetermined amount of time,” Mayor Lisa Jiampetti said Saturday morning. “Right now, there’s water flowing everywhere on the White Horse Pike.”

Jiampetti said the pressure from the water through the city’s old infrastructure was likely the cause of the main break between 10th Terrace and Baltimore Avenue on the pike.

Necessary repairs were made and the water was restored to residents around 1 p.m., she said.

Jiampetti said the cause of the fire was arson.

Police and fire officials were not immediately available for comment.

Staff Writer Molly Bilinski contributed to this report.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

Staff Writer

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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