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Normandy Beach Home Suffers Heavy Damage in Fire

No injuries reported, however

Photo: Jersey Shore Hurricane News/ Facebook
Photo: Jersey Shore Hurricane News/ Facebook
A home in Toms River's Normandy Beach section suffered heavy damage from a fire that resulted in a response from four fire companies.

The blaze at the home at 37 First Avenue was reported at about 1:40 p.m. Sunday, according to Jim Mercready, director of Toms River Fire Prevention.

Upon firefighters' arrival, heavy smoke was emanating from the roof of the structure and shortly thereafter flames were visible from the front window, said Mercready. 

Ultimately, the Ocean Beach, Lavallette, Seaside Heights and Seaside Park companies, plus Toms River Fire Company #2 responded. The Toms River Fire Department Technical Rescue Team was also requested to the scene to reinforce the structural integrity of the house so fire investigators could safely enter the structure to conduct the fire cause and origin investigation.

Thus far, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and remains under investigation by Inspector Kevin Esposito of the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention as well the Toms River Police Department and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s office. 

Fire suppression operations were under the direction of Ocean Beach Fire Company Chief William Giordano.

No injuries were reported, though the home was posted as uninhabitable as a result of the blaze.
WMS826 January 13, 2014 at 06:28 PM
Ha...for a year and a half
Old Guy January 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Sometimes longer. It depends on several factors. Salt, humidity, and continued usage all play a part. Electrolysis caused by contaminates like salt water cause the copper wire to chemically break down into cuprous oxide. The physicality of cuprous oxide, by nature, is powdery. The copper wire slowly breaks down, causes the wire to heat up like the coils in a toaster, (Ohms Law R=v/I ). The result is combustion. This whole process can take a few hours or even years. again depending upon conditions stated above. If you have had SALT water in your home, due to Sandy or just moon high tide, go over the level of your electrical outlets, I would urge you to have them checked by a professional electrician, who specializes in water damage.
george January 14, 2014 at 03:57 PM
I 'll bet that they got tired of waiting for insurance money!
DAN FRIENDLY January 22, 2014 at 12:24 AM
George, there is seriously something wrong with you. find an idiot who will listen to you.
george January 24, 2014 at 09:59 AM
I feel blessed Dan I found YOU! Seriously!

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