Investigators are working to determine what sparked a massive fire that tore that tore through two homes in Ventnor early Friday morning.
Officials say the fire started at 107 North Dudley Avenue around 1:45 a.m. and quickly spread next-door to 105. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find large flames and heavy smoke coming from the second floors of both buildings. It took nearly three dozen firefighters nearly two hours to get the blaze under control.
Authorities say they still are not sure what caused a very loud "popping" sound, but believe it may have been a section of the roof collapsing inside one of the homes. Fire officials estimate the damage being more than half-a-million dollars, and say the homes are uninhabitable.
Authorities say that at least one house was occupied when the fire broke out, and one person was treated at the scene for minor burns.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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