Busy Day for Toms River Fire Department; 4th Fire Call
Electrical Fire; Leaf Lane
Early this morning, a neighbor driving to work past a home on Leaf Lane, in Silverton, spotted a fire and notified the homeowner to evacuate the home. The homeowner called 911 and attempted to put out the fire with a garden hose, but that didn’t work.
“The homeowner tried to put out the fire which had gone up the side of the home, with a garden hose,” said Silverton Fire Chief Bob Sinnot. “But the fire damaged the well pump, so the homeowner ran back in and grabbed a fire extinguisher and had put the fire out before we arrived.”
Shortly after, members of the Silverton Volunteer Fire Company and Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department arrived to take over the incident.
The quick thinking of the homeowner and the alert neighbor helped spare the home from further damage. Aside for damage to siding, a wooden fence, some outside pool toys and the well pump, there was no major damage.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Sinnot says the cause appears to be electrical related. The investigation is being conducted by John Novak of the Fire Prevention.
Both Silverton Volunteer Fire Company and Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Dept responded to the scene. Silver Chief Bob Sinnott was in charge of the scene.
Vehicle Fire; Garden State Parkway
A garbage truck caught on fire near mile marker 85 on the Garden State Parkway today.
Laurel Chase Fire
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.
At Approximately 5:10 P.M., firefighters sprung into action again after a call reporting a kitchen fire at a residence on Hilltop Road.