Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fire damages Cape May's historic Bedford Inn

A fire Saturday morning ripped through the Bedford Inn, a historic bed and breakfast in Cape May, N.J.<br />
A fire Saturday morning ripped through the Bedford Inn, a historic bed and breakfast in Cape May, N.J. Google Maps

A fire Saturday morning ripped through a historic bed and breakfast in Cape May, N.J.

Officials with the Cape May City Fire Department said firefighters around 5:30 a.m. responded to the Bedford Inn, located at 805 Stockton Ave. A second alarm was called about five minutes later. The blaze was brought under control around 7 a.m.

The inn was empty at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Still, fire officials said the hotel suffered “significant damage” and will need repairs before it can be reoccupied.

The Bedford Inn was built in 1883 by a wealthy Philadelphia stockbroker who needed a rooming house for his children and their families as renovations were being completed on his main home, according to the bed and breakfast’s website.

Two Indiana couples brought the Victorian Italianate property in 1966 and began running it as a summertime business under its contemporary name.

The Bedford Inn’s current owners bought the building in 2005 and the next year closed it down for about three months to complete major renovations.

There’s not yet word on what led to the blaze, but officials said Saturday the fire didn't appear to have been suspicious. 

Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

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