Fire Destroys Warehouse, Condos

Posted: April 24, 1993

A five-alarm fire engulfed a warehouse and four condominium apartments in Margate just before dawn yesterday, destroying the homes of four families and slightly injuring a police officer.

The Atlantic County prosecutor was investigating the cause of the fire, which broke out about 5:35 a.m. in a construction warehouse at 108 N. Decatur Ave.

A man from the warehouse ran up to Police Sgt. Edwin McMeekin and asked for help in evacuating two other men, who were sleeping in a small room in the warehouse. Seconds after the men were rescued, the fire engulfed the building, police said.

The four condominium apartments next door also were destroyed. Four

families, including a police officer and his wife who had moved in only a month ago, were evacuated, police said.

Because of high winds off the bay a couple of blocks away, it took firefighters about two hours to get the fire under control.

McMeekin was taken to Shore Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for smoke inhalation.

A few houses next to the warehouse sustained damage to paint and aluminum siding, police said.

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