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Camden officials still probing fire
WOODBINE -- Fire officials in Camden County said Monday they are continuing to investigate a December fire that gutted a rooming house/residential hotel at Cabin Bluff, an upscale corporate retreat near here.

The 3,009-square-foot structure, which caught fire Dec. 29, is considered a total loss. By the time firefighters arrived, flames and smoke had engulfed the building.

The house had smoke detectors but they did not alert occupants, according to the report. Investigators are uncertain why the detectors failed.

The house, owned by former Sea Island Co. President A.W. Jones under Broadfield Holding Co., was valued at $202,000, with another $101,000 in contents.

According to the incident report, firefighters had to travel across muddy roads to reach the residence in a wooded area at 2800 Billyville Road.

Firefighters battled the blaze as ceilings in the single-story, wood-frame structure began collapsing. The heat and flames were so intense that firefighters inside the building were ordered to abandon their fight.

They continued the battle from outside the structure, according to the report.

In all, 40,000 gallons of water were used.

Camden County Fire Marshal Dennis Gailey said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

"It's undetermined at this point," Gailey said.

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at, on Facebook or at 464-7655.

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