Officials reveal cause of 4-alarm fire on Ocean City boardwalk

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Monday, February 8, 2021
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The smoke and fire that tore through Playland's Castaway Cove in Ocean City, New Jersey, last month have cleared, but it's going to be a multi-million dollar fix for the park's owners.

OCEAN CITY, New Jersey (WPVI) -- A 4-alarm fire that ravaged a popular amusement park and nearby businesses in Ocean City, New Jersey has been deemed accidental.

The January 30 blaze engulfed the Playland's Castaway Cove arcade and offices, Hamburger Construction Company restaurant and Dairy Queen located on the boardwalk.

On Monday, officials announced that the accidental fire was caused by an undetermined electrical source near the front of the building.

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Playland Castaway Cove says it was storing some ride parts in the building for the winter. No one was inside when the fire started, and the city says no one was hurt.

"If anybody knows us, we're going to come back with something bigger, that's for sure," said Brian Hartley, vice president of Playland's Castaway Cove.

Hartley tells Action News that the arcade and offices burned down, but the rest of the park was untouched and will reopen this summer.

Federal and local investigators were able to use a pattern of fire alarms, eyewitness accounts, photos and videos, a detailed excavation of the site and examination of forensic evidence to determine the cause and area of origin for the fire.