An overnight fire destroyed a home in Lavallette Thursday, prompting a response from numerous local fire companies to fight the blaze.
The home, adjacent to Newark Avenue along the oceanfront, appeared to be completely destroyed on Thursday. An acrid smell of smoke still wafted through the air and firefighters doused at least one “hot spot” that flared up after the fire had been put out. Police and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department vehicles were blocking off the street and a portion of the boardwalk in front of the home was also roped off. The boardwalk itself was charred in front of the home.
The East Dover fire company in Toms River said in a statement that its members were called out at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday night to assist “our brothers on the beach” in the Lavallette company. The fire prompted an Island General Alarm which brought the Seaside Heights, Seaside Park,Ocean Beach and Point Pleasant companies to the scene as well.
“While responding over the bridge the glow from the incident could be seen,” the statement said.
The assisting fire companies helped ensure that the blaze did not spread to neighboring homes. Additional manpower from fire companies in Toms River and Island Heights were eventually called in.
“Crews from both the island and the mainland worked for over 3 hours to bring the fire under control,” the East Dover company said. “Four buildings total were affected by the fire.”
The blaze is currently under investigation. The Ocean County Fire Marshall was still on scene Thursday afternoon.