Firefighters received the call around 2 a.m. and the fire was under control by about 8 a.m., Beebe said. He said the last truck left the scene at about 1 p.m. as some firefighters stayed longer to make sure all small fires within the structure had been extinguished.
Crews had to close Ocean Highway in both directions for a period of time while they worked to get the fire under control. The fire had been contained by about 5:45 a.m., according to Beebe.
Fire investigators continued Monday to search for the cause of the blaze, but encountered some difficulty since the building had collapsed, Beebe said about 8:30 a.m. Monday.
Written by The Sun News