WILDWOOD - At around 1:44 a.m. Aug. 29, Squad Co. 3 (Wildwood Fire Department) and Ladder Co. 2 (North Wildwood Fire Department) were dispatched for a reported electrical fire, at 416 West Cedar Ave.
According to a release, Squad 3 arrived on scene and found heavy smoke and fire issuing from a one-story occupied single-family dwelling. A first alarm assignment was requested, recalling off-duty city firefighters, along with single apparatus responses from the Wildwood Crest Fire Department and Rio Grande Fire Department. Squad Co. 3 quickly confirmed that all occupants had escaped the home prior to the arrival of the fire department.
Squad Co. 3, along with Ladder 2, initiated an aggressive interior attack of the fire. The main body of fire was knocked down within 10 minutes and declared under control within 30 minutes. Firefighters operated on scene for about three hours, conducting salvage and overhaul operations.
The dwelling suffered significant fire, smoke, and water damage. Damage is estimated at $150,000. No injuries were reported.
The fire remains under investigation by the Cape May County Fire Marshal’s Office and Wildwood City Fire Department.
Wildwood Police assisted on scene. The Stone Harbor and West Wildwood fire departments and Wildwood Crest Emergency Medical Services provided fire and EMS coverage for the island during the incident.