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Vehicle Crashes into Star of the Sea Church in Cape May

By JUSTIN MATTES, Correspondent | January 23, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 012421105

Cape May, NJ - An SUV backed into the parish hall of the Star of the Sea Church on the corner of Lafayette and Washington Streets on January 23rd, causing significant structural damage to a room used by the Knights of Columbus as well as the adjacent gym. The driver was shaken, but not seriously injured.

Within minutes Chief Alex Coulter activated a second-alarm response, bringing the West Cape May and Coast Guard Fire Departments to the scene, while an engine from Townbank Fire Co. responded to Cape May Fire Headquarters to cover the city during the incident. Wildwood Rescue 3, also known as Cape May County RUST Rescue, was activated to secure the building.

The departments worked together flawlessly to remove the vehicle from the building. “Everything worked as it was planned,” Cape May Fire Chief Alex Coulter said. “We followed our written alarm assignments for a technical rescue.”

The building was boarded up and sealed in about 20 minutes after the remaining debris was cleared.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.