3-alarm Atlantic City boardwalk fire under control

AP News
Posted: Nov 21, 2009 11:48 PM

Officials say a three-alarm fire on the boardwalk in Atlantic City has been declared under control.

Atlantic City Police Sgt. Monica McMenamin says the fire that broke out around 6:45 p.m. Saturday at the Central Pier was brought under control at 10:40 p.m.

McMenamin says a pizza shop, T-shirt shop and clothing store were affected by the blaze.

Thick black smoke was billowing out of the pier on the beach side of the boardwalk, between St. James Place and Tennessee Avenue. Wind blew the smoke out over the ocean.

McMenamin said a police officer who was coughing heavily was taken to the hospital, and no other injuries were reported.

She said 10 companies and more than 80 firefighters responded to the blaze.