Toms River Fire Department Battles Third Fire of the Day; This Time at Laurel Chase
By Phil Stilton
The Toms River Fire Department has responded to a fire in the Laurel Chase neighborhood of Toms River. The working structure fire has engulfed two units. Toms River Fire personnel have ‘knocked down’ both fires at this time and are clearing hot spots within the structures.
“Toms River Police and Toms River Fire Companies responded to a fully involved structural fire at 194 Muskflower Court in the Laurel Chase community just before 2 p.m. on Monday,” said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. “Two of the units in the 4 unit three story complex suffered major damage and the other units suffered smoke and water damage. The first 911 call came 2:51 P.M. From a resident who stated there was a deck fire at the residence… A cat was rescued by fireman from another unit in the building. As a result of the fire that took the fire company a half hour to bring under control, two firefighters were transported to community for minor injuries.”
The first volunteer Toms River Fire Company was on scene within ten minutes. All Toms River Fire Companies responded to the fire including Toms River Fire Company 1 and 2 along with Silverton Fire Company, Pleasant Plains Fire Company, East Dover Fire Company, and Ocean Beach. Companies from other towns who responded were Manchester, Ridgeway, Lakewood, Beachwood, Island Heights, Brick and Seaside Heights.
Sergeant Scott Moeller coordinated the police response to the fire that is being investigated by Detective James Magovern and the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention.
Earlier this morning, the Toms River Fire Department responded to a fire at a home on Leaf Lane.
Later in the day, firefighters put out a fire on the Garden State Parkway after a garbage truck caught fire.
Photos by Jersey Shore Hurricane News.