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VENTNOR — Firefighters on Thursday battled a Ventnor Heights condominium complex fire that severely damaged two residential apartments.

Crews arrived to heavy fire at one of the buildings on the 700 block of North Somerset Avenue in the Dream Bay Condominium complex about 2 a.m., fire Chief Mike Cahill said.

The fire spread from a first-floor unit to the unit directly above, Cahill said. Both are uninhabitable due to fire damage.

The second-floor unit was evacuated. The first-floor unit had people living inside, but fire officials don't know whether anyone was in the unit when the fire started, Cahill said.

The occupants of the building's surrounding units were evacuated or had self-evacuated when firefighters arrived.  

Crews from Atlantic City, Margate, Pleasantville and Longport assisted Ventnor.

One police officer was evaluated at the scene for smoke inhalation after searching rooms.

The fire was under control by 4 a.m., but fire investigators were still on the scene as of 7 a.m., Cahill said.

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