Fire damages shuttered Atlantic City motel

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (WPVI) -- Firefighters battled a large fire at a shuttered Atlantic City motel that gained notoriety over the summer after a live alligator was found in the motel's swimming pool.

Officials say the flames at the Bayview Inn and Suites broke out at 1 a.m. Monday.

The motel was shut down back in August, after police raided the building, arrested several people on various charges, and also found a live, 2 1/2 to 3 foot alligator in the facility's swimming pool.

The property was later condemned, and the alligator transferred to the Cape May County Zoo.

When firefighters arrived at the shuttered motel early Monday, they found evidence that squatters had been living there.

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Watch the report from John Rawlins on Action News at 4 p.m. on Aug. 15, 2017.

Investigators are calling the fire "suspicious."

They are still working to pinpoint the cause of the blaze.

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