OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Smoke could be seen for miles for most of the afternoon as firefighters continue to battle a massive fire at the Ocean Grove boardwalk pavilion, according to officials.
Dozens of fires trucks from towns in Monmouth and Ocean counties were called to respond to the blaze, which was reported at about 11:30 a.m. on April 13. No injuries have been reported as of 2:30 p.m. and defensive operations continue as of 4 p.m., according to the Neptune Township Office of Emergency Management.
The latest posts from first-responders on social media reported that the pavilion roof has collapsed, as well as the area of the boardwalk on which it stood.
The fire was first reported to be at the Dunes Café in the beachfront pavilion, which also houses other small establishments and is located on the north end near the Asbury Park border. None of the businesses were open at the time of the blaze.
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