Over 100 displaced by fire that impacted 7 buildings in Ocean Grove
Over 100 people were displaced by a large fire at the Jersey Shore the destroyed or damaged seven buildings.
The fire started around 5 a.m. at the vacant Warrington Hotel on Seaview Avenue. Strong winds caused the fire to quickly spread to surrounding homes, including the La Pierre condominium complex.
The old hotel was destroyed, along with several other structures. Others were badly damaged.
Three firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting the fire, and are expected to be OK.
No residents were hurt, but many say they just barely escaped the fire. Among them was 91-year-old Kenny Roberts.
"I saved the keys to my car," Roberts says. "That's the only thing I saved. All my money is gone. All my records are gone, my clothes are gone. My vitamins and my medicine, all gone."
The American Red Cross is helping the residents who were displaced. At least 30 people are at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church on Embury Avenue. Others were staying at the Asbury Hotel across from Wesley Lake.
Several local restaurants have also donated food for first responders and residents.
Anyone who wishes to get more assistance information can call Saint Paul's at 732-695-3371.