VILLAS - Just after 12:30 p.m. July 23, township fire companies, as well as station 73 for a rapid intervention team (RIT), were dispatched for a dwelling fire, on W. St. John’s Avenue.
According to the Villas Volunteer Fire Department's Facebook page, upon Quint 60’s response, they upgraded the fire to a second alarm, bringing in Squad 72 and Rescue 3. Quint 60 arrived and had a two-story, single-family dwelling with smoke and fire showing from a detached garage extending into the attic of the house. All occupants were safely out.
The crew stretched a 2 1/2 and starting fire suppression. Squad 73 arrived and pulled an additional line for backup. Tanker 60, Squad 60, Engine 62, Tender 61, Squad 72 and Rescue 3 arrived and supplied manpower for fire suppression and overhaul.
The fire was placed under control within an hour and a half. Crews operated for approximately three hours before returning to service. As of July 23, the fire remained under investigation by the Cape May County Fire Marshal's Office.
The home's owners are seeking donations and temporary housing. Those looking to contribute can call 215-450-6810.