Atlantic City fire damages five businesses on boardwalk, no injuries

Posted: June 25, 2022, 6:59 a.m.

Last update: June 25, 2022, 6:59 a.m.

Atlantic City firefighters continue to search for the cause of Friday’s blaze on the boardwalk. Five retail businesses were damaged in New Jersey’s main tourist area.

Atlantic City firefighters battle blaze on boardwalk
Atlantic City firefighters battle a blaze on the boardwalk, pictured above. Five retail businesses were damaged. (Image: WPVI)

The fire was first spotted around 8:30 a.m. Smoke billowed from doors and windows as firefighters arrived. Flames engulfed much of the first floor.

The fire was not brought under control until around 11 a.m., the Atlantic City Press reported.

About 60 firefighters fought the blaze. No injuries were reported, according to the report.

Water and smoke damage affected businesses.

It was a very serious fire because these are very old buildings,” Atlantic City Fire Chief Scott Evans said later. Hurry.

A resident, Colleen Pichirallo, told the newspaper: “You couldn’t see half the building. Everything was swallowed up. »

Crystal Temarantz, a resident of Kingston, Pennsylvania, who was staying at the nearby Resorts Casino Hotel, also noticed the heavy smoke.

“I wasn’t sure it was a fire. I thought maybe it was a fire or they were cooking food. He looked quite thick,” she told the Hurry.

Ripley’s Protected Site

Fire crews stopped the three-alarm fire from spreading beyond the century-old building. Nearby is Ripley’s Believe It or Not! touristic site.

Sargis Ghalechyan, owner of Bill’s Gyros and My Friend’s Diner on the promenade, said the fire “started quickly”.

Firefighters remained on site after 11 a.m. to extinguish hot spots.

Shortly after noon, the part of the promenade damaged by fire was reopened.

Evans said H&A Fashion burned inside the store and the outside was covered in soot.

The building was recently upgraded with a $1.2 million grant to cover renovations. They were paid by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

Historic Las Vegas fire

Across the country last weekend, a historic fire caused extensive damage to residential buildings on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. This is the highest number of occupied homes on fire in 25 years, Las Vegas firefighters reported.

Ten or more buildings were badly damaged or destroyed in the four-alarm blaze that took five hours to bring under control, firefighters said. Investigators investigated his cause.

Las Vegas fire investigators found “nothing suspicious” when searching for the origin. There was a minor injury.

Also on Wednesday, a vacant warehouse west of the Las Vegas Strip caught fire early Wednesday, with firefighters dealing with heavy flames and smoke. The property is located near the Palms Casino Resort. There are no casualties. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Atlantic City Casino Renovations

In an unrelated case, earlier this month, Caesars revealed that its eponymous casino in Atlantic City would receive the most renovation dollars in an upgrade.

The company expects around $200 million to be poured into the Boardwalk property which opened in 1979.

A sizable portion of the $200 million was spent updating 750 hotel rooms and suites at Caesars Atlantic City. In total, the company will spend an additional $200 million at its other Atlantic City casinos.

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