EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed a large portion of a two-story house Wednesday afternoon.
The fire at 42 Eagle Drive gutted the right side of the home, with the roof and walls mostly gone on that side. All that remained of the garage area was the frame.
Witnesses said the fire started with a car parked in the garage, but West Atlantic City Fire Chief Wally Bakely would not comment on that, as the investigation was ongoing.
Tiana Wen, 45, of nearby Wildflower Court, said she smelled smoke and then heard a “boom.” She went outside and saw a fire burning underneath the car.
“Then the whole thing was burning like crazy,” she said, referring to both the car and the house.
Bakely said dispatch was at 2:08 p.m. and firefighters were still working on the fire at 4 p.m. By that time, the fire appeared to be under control.
Bakely said it was a general alarm fire, meaning all fire companies in Egg Harbor Township responded. The Cologne Volunteer Fire Company in Hamilton Township and the Atlantic City International Airport fire companies were also on scene, and other companies covered for Egg Harbor Township, Bakely said. More than 25 firefighters were at the scene.
Bakely said all residents and pets were out of the house and safe. He said no firefighters were injured.
A wall of a neighbor’s home was also damaged, Bakely said. That home belonged to Atlantic City Fire Captain Duane Brock, who was also on scene helping out.
Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company Lt. Gil Zonge was in command of the fire, Bakely said.