SIC fire

Volunteer firefighters from Sea Isle City extinguish a massive fire Sunday in the 300 block of 43rd Place.

SEA ISLE CITY — A weekend fire that damaged three buildings in the city’s Fish Alley district was ruled accidental, authorities said Tuesday.

The blaze, which spread from a shed to a fuel tank and a commercial fishing boat in the water, was caused by an equipment malfunction, according to a news release from the city.

At 12:16 p.m. Sunday, the city’s Fire Department was dispatched to the 300 block of 43rd Place for a report of a structure fire, according to the release.

Neighboring homes were evacuated, and two people were taken to an area hospital for minor injuries.

The fire was out by 1 p.m., officials said previously.

Ocean City, Seaville, Avalon, Strathmere and Ocean View fire crews also responded, as did the Cape May County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Contact: 609-272-7241 mbilinski@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressMollyB

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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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