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Fire Destroys Unoccupied Trailer in Campground

Courtesy Ocean View Volunteer Fire Co.’s Facebook page
A photo posted on the Ocean View Volunteer Fire Co.’s Facebook page shows a trailer fully involved with fire, Dec. 6. Firefighters managed to contain the fire mainly to that trailer.

By Christopher South

SOUTH SEAVILLE – Fire destroyed a trailer located at the Seashore Lines Campground on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

The Ocean View Fire Company was dispatched to the campground on Kings Highway in Ocean View on Dec. 6 at about 7:33 p.m. for the report of a structure fire.

Deputy Fire Chief Adam Dotts arrived and confirmed a working trailer fire that had extended to a neighboring trailer and a venting propane cylinder. Squad 17 arrived, quickly suppressed the fire and limited the extension to the exterior of the second trailer. Dotts said the first trailer was a total loss.

The burned-out trailer was unoccupied at the time of the fire, Dotts said.

“All of the campgrounds in our fire district are closed by the end of October. One of the issues with fires in the offseason is that they can burn for a significant amount of time before they are detected. In this incident, the fire was not observed until the trailer was fully engulfed in flames and observed by someone outside of the campground,” he said.

The Ocean View Fire Company received automatic aid from the Dennis Volunteer Fire Company and Avalon Volunteer Fire Department for their Rapid Intervention Crew. While en route dispatch advised the fire crew that the caller reported a fully engulfed trailer. The incident was upgraded to add Seaville Fire Rescue for a tanker, and Sea Isle City Fire Department for a ladder truck.

Mutual aid units were released shortly after and Ocean View Fire units remained on scene while the Cape May County Fire Marshal’s Office conducted their investigation. Fire Marshal Conrad Johnson said on Wednesday, Dec. 13, that the fire was still under investigation.

A total of 17 Ocean View firefighters responded to the scene and no injuries were reported.

Contact the author, Christopher South, at csouth@cmcherald.com or 609-886-8600, ext. 128.

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Christopher South is a reporter for the Cape May County Herald.

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