A four-alarm fire ravaged the arcade in a historic amusement park on the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey, on Saturday.
The fire began at around 7:40 a.m. in Castland’s Castaway Cove, the » oldest amusement park « in the region.
According to Charles Bowman and Fox29, the assistant fire chief, it took eight fire-fighting companies two hours to brave the freezing temperatures.
At one point the blazing flames shot up – which officials said that they also damaged the offices of Dairy Queen and the Hamburg Construction Company’s restaurant – through the Playland roof.
Hartley said he hadn’t been able to assess the damage, but it appeared it was the historic building that houses the offices and arcade has been destroyed.
The building was part of the 1940 Queens World’s Fair and was dismantled and rebuilt on the boardwalk in 1941. It housed new and classic games, including an old shooting range. « We have to judge what can and cannot be saved, » said Hartley.
Playlands Castaway Cove pledged to return for the 2021 season, posting a promise on its Facebook page that it will « open sooner rather than later Will be! «
Hartley said the arcade should open on Palm Sunday in about nine weeks.
It’s too early to say if the fire will delay opening, he said. « We have to somehow rebuild our office somewhere, » he said. « It’s going to be a daunting task. »
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