Fire tore through a South Jersey furniture store Tuesday afternoon.
The fire at Bless Home Furniture at 6736 Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township around 1 p.m. sent smoke billowing into the air, making it visible from the adjacent Garden State Parkway.
The heaviest fire appeared to be in front of the store. Ten fire companies from Atlantic County responded to the scene. Firefighters doused the gutted store with water after more than an hour. They eventually brought the flames under control.
Police say the store was closed Tuesday and no one was inside at the time of the fire. While the damage to the building was extensive, no injuries were reported.
All lanes were closed on Black Horse Pike from Fire Road to Tilton Road at one point. Eastbound lanes were later reopened but westbound lanes remain closed.