An aerial photo posted on Facebook by John H. Pedrick shows the amount of destruction to Playland’s arcade building.

OCEAN CITY – Personnel from multiple agencies will be in Ocean City this week as the investigation into the Jan. 30 fire at Playland’s Castaway Cove continues, according to a city press release.

Agencies involved in the investigation include the Ocean City Fire Department Investigation Unit, Cape May County Fire Marshal’s Office, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office. Because of the size of the estimated loss, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team has also been activated.

At this time, the investigation is still in the preliminary stages as investigators work to determine the origin and cause of the fire.

There is no need for public alarm, the city said in the press release Wednesday. The city is asking the public not to enter the premises of Castaway Cove during the investigation.

Anyone who has additional information relating to this investigation is urged to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, the Ocean City Police Department at 609-399-9111, or report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers, 609-889-3597.

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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

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