BELMAR — More than a dozen dry-docked boats were burned in a fire on the Jersey Shore Tuesday afternoon.

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty said there were no injuries from the three-alarm fire at the Seaport Inlet Marina off Fifth Avenue. The blaze sent thick black plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.

The fire was brought under control around 1:45 p.m., according to Doherty, who said fire companies and rescue squads from several surrounding communities helped put out the flames. Doherty said no other homes or businesses were affected by the fire.

The Route 71 bridge connecting Avon by the Sea and Belmar was closed to traffic but the Route 35 bridge was open as of mid-afternoon. Doherty said power was cit to the immediate area around the marina on Fifth Avenue between Main and B Street.

Avon, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, Neptune, Ocean Grove, South Wall, Glendola, Long Branch, the US Coast Guard, State Police, NJ DEP, the Monmouth County Fire Marshals and Monmouth County HazMat are among the responding units.

Laurie Cataldo contributed to this report

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