An early Thursday morning fire destroyed two beachfront houses and damaged a third in Ocean City, authorities say.
The fire broke out around 3:20 a.m. on the 4800 block of Central Avenue in the Cape May County municipality, according to an Ocean City Fire Department news release.
Officials say firefighters responding to multiple 9-1-1 calls discovered an intense blaze on the third floor of a duplex that had spread to the adjacent residential structures.
Crews from the surrounding area worked to contain the fire from spreading to additional buildings and quickly brought it under control.
None of the homes were occupied when the fire sparked, according to authorities.
There were no injuries. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Ocean City neighbor tells FOX29 News she got up at 3am saw flickering light&looked out window&saw flames coming from 2nd floor of taller middle building of 3 beachfront homes burning,then it began to spread up, over&across. OC Fire Chief says no foul play suspected @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/ypIULMNRMP
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) December 27, 2018
Firefighters are still at the scene of a severe beachfront fire in the 4800 block of Ocean City, reported at 3:20 a.m. last night. Fire spread to buildings on either side of the duplex where it began. pic.twitter.com/C0WySDlC1J
— Bill Barlow (@Jerseynews_Bill) December 27, 2018