ATLANTIC CITY — Atlantic City firefighters climbed up a ladder and a side staircase to cut through the roof of the Sea Breeze condominiums Monday to extinguish an electrical fire in the second-floor condominiums.
Firefighters arrived 11:20 a.m. in the 3500 block of Pacific Avenue and found heavy smoke coming from the second-floor apartments overlooking Providence Avenue.
“They made a quick ventilation hole to stop the fire from spreading throughout the whole condominiums,” Chief Shannon Stinsman said.
Firefighters also made holes in the apartment ceilings to find the fire in the space between the attic and the roof. They believe it was an electrical fire.
All residents had evacuated before firefighters arrived on the scene.
Jia Sun, in apartment 86, said she was cooking when she smelled, then saw black smoke coming from her cabinets and called 911.
Hector Lopez, 37, said that after his girlfriend said she smelled fire coming from the vents in their first floor apartment, he went outside to investigate.
“I’m glad it happened during the day. There were no kids. Everyone’s up,” Lopez said.
Seeing smoke on the second floor, went upstairs, kicked down the door of one of the apartments and used a fire extinguisher to try to address the smoke.
Lopez, who had just moved into the building a month ago, helped Sun evacuate her apartment and helped others with multiple pets, which he said included three cats, a dog and a rabbit, leave the building.
Fire Chief Scott Evans said the fire was under control about noon. He estimated eight units were damaged by the fire and about 24 units total including water damage.
Thirty-four firefighters from Ladder 2 and Engines 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 worked at the scene.