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March 06, 2021

Ocean City's Playland's Castaway Cove, damaged by fire in January, plans to reopen this month

The owners of Playland's Castaway Cove on the Ocean City Boardwalk say the amusement park will reopen later this month, less than two 60 days after a four-alarm fire torched the attraction's arcade and several adjacent businesses.

The plan is to reopen is March 27.

The fire took place Jan. 30, and Castaway Cove, located just south of 10th Street has remained closed since.

No one was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental by investigators and blamed on an "undetermined electrical source."

Brian Hartley, vice president of Playland’s Castaway Cove, told OCNJ Daily earlier this week that most of the park's rides were not damaged, and he expects 18 to 20 of them to be up and running when the boardwalk attraction reopens.

"March 27 is as quickly as we could possibly open. We are excited to get back open and back to a little bit of normalcy," Hartley told OCNJ Daily.

The fire burned down Castaway Cove's arcade and the iconic pirate ship that loomed above its boardwalk entrance. The remains of arcade building and the amusement park's offices are expected to be demolished, but that work has yet to begin.

Playland's Castaway Cove opened in 1959.

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