ATLANTIC CITY - Bright flames and thick smoke billowed from the famed Boardwalk yesterday afternoon, destroying about a half-dozen stores and damaging offices of the state Casino Control Commission.
The blaze broke out around 2:30 p.m. not far from Resorts International, the city's first casino.
No injuries were reported.
Fire Capt. Mike Moony said the fire apparently began under a walk-up ramp to the Boardwalk near New York Avenue. He said homeless people often take shelter under the wooden ramp.
Six large windows on the second story of the Casino Control Commission office were blown out and smoke throughout the building caused some problems, commission spokesman Daniel Heneghan said. The offices will be closed today.