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Blowtorch caused fire at Ocean City hotel | 6abc.com

Being Jersey, this is a might suspicious.

Being that I am from Jersey  (right down the street from O.C,) I say this is business as usual.

Ocean City, NJ hotel demolition fire

OCEAN CITY, N.J. – September 28, 2012 (WPVI) — Fire officials say a blowtorch sparked an accidental fire that severely damaged a vacant century-old hotel on the Jersey Shore where demolition had begun this week.

The blaze at the Bellevue Hotel blanketed blocks of Ocean City’s downtown with heavy smoke before firefighters brought it under control late Friday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Ocean City Fire Chief Christopher Breunig tells The Press of Atlantic City that demolition crews arrived at the 104-year-old building early Friday and spent a few hours using blowtorches to cut off metal fire escapes before taking a break.

When they returned, they saw flames and tried to extinguish them, but the fire quickly spread. The structure had two connected sections – a six-story hotel built in 1908 and a four-story addition built about 1940.

via Blowtorch caused fire at Ocean City hotel | 6abc.com.

Demolition of historic Bellevue Hotel begins in Ocean City – NBC40.net

OCEAN CITY – Demolition crews, officials, and residents of Ocean City are hoping that in a few weeks, the historic site of the Bellevue hotel will be transformed, from unsafe building, to an open lot.

It was a process that began in August, when a neighboring business owner noticed that the building looked swollen on one side.

It turned out, water had pooled on the roof, weakening the building and sealing its fate.

“The building has been deemed unsafe, it’s been tagged, nobody’s allowed in the building, nobody’s allowed against the building because of structural damage,” said William Jackson, who is supervising the demolition.

Demolition officials we spoke with said the whole process should take around four weeks, longer than a usual demolition because of the building’s close proximity to power lines, other buildings, and people.

Local residents, even those who have been in Ocean City all their lives, say it’s time for The Bellevue to go.

“It’s a shame it had to come down. It’s in such disrepair, it has to come down. But they just let it go too long before they took care of it” said Julius Green, a lifelong Ocean City resident.

The Ocean City Council will vote tonight to approve $165,000, the cost of the demolition contract. Officials say the Bellevue’s owner was notified, but hasn’t contributed to demolition costs.

“Through his representatives he demonstrated they could not take that on themselves, and so the city can take it down and place a lien on the property,” said Ocean City Business Administrator Michael Dattilo.

No matter what the vote is tonight, Dattilo says the building is coming down either way, and he’s confident the council will approve the funds.

via Demolition of historic Bellevue Hotel begins in Ocean City – NBC40.net.