Friday, December 19, 2014

Fire at Central Pier

Fire at Central Pier

Stumbled upon this three alarm Boardwalk show last night at Schiff's Central Pier in Atlantic City while attempting to go eat at a Thai restaurant nearby. The fire destroyed several stores in the pier and left a charred facade and made for hours of fire watching for the crowd. And nicely lit, too. The pier, owned by the reclusive and eccentric Schiff Brothers, who have refused to sell or develop their Boardwalk property into much more than is evident above, 99 cent stores and go Karts, was mostly shut down for the season. But the pier had plenty of arcade stuff in its inners to send black plumes of smoke into the air for several hours and bring firefighters from all over the city before it was tamped down. Hoses stretched along New York Avenue, which naturally led to more than one person stumbling out of the Irish Pub to trip over a hose. Was a little bit of an odd way to end a week that started with a trip to New York to see HBO's recreation of the Boardwalk on a Brooklyn lot. The real deal can still put on an excellent show of her own, it seems. 

Here's a video update from the Atlantic City Firefighters, via the Press of Atlantic City website tonight.

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Amy S. Rosenberg
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