Yellow tape surrounds a Beach Boulevard home that is no longer livable after a fire ignited early this morning.
The home on the 100 block of Beach Boulevard was fully engulfed when the police and fire departments arrived at approximately 2:14 a.m. No injuries were reported, as the residence was unoccupied at the time.
“It was fully involved before we got there,” Forked River Fire Department Chief Ray Brandmahl said. “Fire was already coming through the windows.”
It took about 25 minutes before the blaze was contained, he said. Approximately 85 percent of the small two-bedroom home sustained major damage.
The homeowners were contacted and are not currently displaced as they were out of the home the day before the fire occurred, he said.
The cause and origination of the blaze is currently unknown, Brandmahl said.
Forty-two firefighters from the Forked River Fire Department and Bayville FAST Team extinguished the fire. The Lanoka Harbor Fire Company was ready for backup while the Waretown Fire Department covered for Forked River.
The Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, Ocean County Prosecutors Office and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CIU are investigating the fire.
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