BEACHWOOD – A Beachwood home was completely covered in smoke and flames due to a fire that broke out in the early hours of Tuesday morning, police said.
Around 2:30 a.m., the Beachwood Fire Department responded to a home on Beachwood Boulevard, along with the Pine Beach Fire Department. Firefighters found a one-story home engulfed in smoke with flames escaping out the windows.
Officials said the sole resident had self-evacuated and was being treated by Beachwood Police personnel for smoke inhalation. Unfortunately, a pet cat perished in the fire.
A “working fire” alarm was requested, which brought the Manitou Park and Pinewald Fire Departments to the scene to assist. The Bayville Fire Department provided coverage for the area and set up a landing zone at the Birch and Surf Park in case the victim required a medical helicopter.
Firefighters swiftly extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes. One Beachwood firefighter suffered a minor injury as a result.
Beachwood EMS provided assistance at the scene and transported the resident to Community Medical Center for treatment.
At this time, the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office and Beachwood Police Detective Bureau.