UPDATE: FIRE SHUTS DOWN OFFSHORE MOTEL

A fire struck the Offshore Motel on Route 47 in Rio Grande at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday night. Middle Township Police Capt. John Edwards says the cause of the fire appears to be electrical and started in a unit on the second floor. The hotel has been “red-tagged” by the township construction office until repairs can be made and the electrical system inspected. No injuries were reported. At the time of the fire, 37 rooms were occupied, 32 by social service residents. Alternate housing has been obtained for the displaced residents by Cape May County Social Services in conjunction with Emergency Management.

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