SEA ISLE CITY, N.J.(CBSNewYork) — A raging fire at the Jersey Shore left ocean view homes in a pile of charred rubble.

On Saturday morning, investigators were working to determine what sparked the massive blaze.

As CBS 2’s Diana Rocco reported, crews spent hours fighting the flames and smoke that quickly spread from one beach front home to the next.

“The center house was gone. House on the left demolished, watched it collapse and burn,” Rich Monkhouse said.

The fire started just before 5 p.m. on Friday, on the 7800 block of Pleasure Ave. Within minutes the wind carried flames from one home to the next, authorities said. The fire leveled three homes and damaged eleven more.

“The wind plays a factor in this on the beach, totally exposed. That was the priority, keep it from spreading,” Sea Isle City Police, Lt. Thomas McQuellin said.

Two people inside of the third structure were able to evacuate. The 7-alarm fire required help from fourteen towns.

Two of the homes were seasonal, neighbors said.

It took about two hours for crews to get the fire under control, officials said.

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