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Fire severely damages Jersey Shore homes; 2 hurt, 1 missing

November 29, 2018
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Firefighters battle a blaze at houses in Sea Isle City, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Authorities say the fire has severely damaged at least a few homes and injured a few people. (Lauren Carroll/The Press of Atlantic City via AP)

SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a fire in a New Jersey Shore town has severely damaged three homes, hurt at least two people and left one elderly woman missing.

The fire in Sea Isle City broke out shortly before noon Thursday, sending large plumes of thick, black smoke into the air.

The Cape May County prosecutor’s office says in a statement that two residents of one of the homes were taken to a hospital for burns and smoke inhalation. The prosecutor’s office says an elderly woman from the same family is missing.

Authorities believe the fire started in a home and soon spread to two duplexes, which are about two blocks from the ocean. The home where the blaze started was destroyed, while the other structures were severely damaged.

The cause is under investigation.

Sea Isle City is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Atlantic City.

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