Major Cape Island Fire

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Cape May, NJ – A column of smoke hundreds of feet in the air blackened the sky over the northern part of Cape Island this afternoon, the result of a massive fire at an auto parts yard.

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Neighbors heard several large explosions. When firefighters arrived at the Cape May Used Auto Parts yard on Shunpike Road, the building was consumed by flames.

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No one was injured.

Firefighters from Town Bank, West Cape May, Cape May, Cape May Point, Erma, Villas, Rio Grande, North Wildwood and Green Creek all responded quickly to the scene.

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Water to fight the fire had to be trucked in by the companies.

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Luckily, the fire apparently was contained to the Auto Parts building.

The auto yard is right in the middle of a residential area with a lot of trees and vegetation. In addition to nearby homes on Shunpike Road, several houses on Hannah Lane, Bayshore Road and New England Road have property that backs up to parts of the salvage yard.

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The Town Bank Fire Company took the lead on the blaze. The fire was brought under control within an hour.

The owner told Cape May Times that a gas tank fell from a car being hoisted. The tank fell on a drop light.

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About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.