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Fire destroys 3 homes at Jersey shore community

Friday - 4/18/2014, 9:52pm  ET

Firefighters wet down the area at the scene of a fire that leveled three buildings on the beachfront of the 78th Street block of Sea Isle City, NJ, Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Ben Fogletto)

SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Three homes have been destroyed by a fire that broke out near the beachfront of a Jersey Shore community.

Authorities say no injuries have been reported in the smoky seven-alarm fire, which erupted around 4:30 p.m. Friday in Sea Isle City and sent large clouds of black smoke spewing across the region. It was brought under control about two hours later.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Multiple fire companies battled the blaze, but it wasn't clear if any of the homes were occupied when the blaze broke out. Officials say other nearby residences suffered minor damage due to the fire, but the blaze was not expected to consume any other residences.

Authorities say windy conditions hampered the firefighting efforts.

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