An early Sunday morning fire destroyed an unoccupied bayfront home in the Silverton section of Toms River that had been damaged by Superstorm Sandy, authorities said.
fire at 643 Bayview Drive was reported at 1:45 a.m and led to the
home's eventual collapse, according to Jim Mercready, Director of the
Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention.
encountered a fully involved structural fire in the three-story house
when they arrived on the call, Mercready said. Under the direction of
Silverton Fire Company Chief Gary Tattersall, they extinguished the fire that had spread to the attic of the home next door, at
641 Bayview Drive, and also extinguished fire that had spread to a
piling and deck system under construction at the adjoining property to
the left of 643 Bayview Drive.
"The house suffered severe fire
damage which led to a complete collapse," said Mercready, requiring
Tattersall to request heavy equipment from the Toms River Public Works
Department to help remove layers of debris so firefighters could fully
extinguish hidden pockets of fire.
Firefighters remained on scene into the later hours of Sunday morning to monitor for flare-ups, said Mercready.
Dominick Roselli of the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention as well as
Investigators from the Toms River Police Department and Ocean County
Prosecutor’s office will be investigating, Mercready said.
aid assistance was provided to the scene by the Pleasant Plains, East
Dover, Island Heights and Toms River fire companies. No injuries were
reported in the blaze.