BEACHWOOD – Police, Firefighters and Emergency Medical crews all responded to a house fire Saturday night in the borough that destroyed a detached garage. No one was injured.
According to a Jersey Shore Online staff member who lives in town, the blaze started at the home in the 1200 block of Mermaid Avenue. The cause is unknown at this point.
A number of social media posts said that there was no available hydrant on the street making efforts to control the blaze very difficult.
Cassidy Phalon, the homeowner affected by the blaze, took to a local Facebook group to update those concerned about the incident to let everyone know that she was ok, her family was ok and that she appreciates the outpouring of support that was posted from people she never met before.
Phalon’s post said “We are SOO incredibly lucky. The fire started in our 2 story detached garage and the fire fighters were able to stop it before it damaged more than just the outside of our home. We lost the garage and everything in it, but nothing that can’t be replaced. Everyone is safe and we are able to continue residing in our home. Thank you SOO much to the firefighters and police officers and all first responders, because without them we’d be telling a VERY different story tonight. Thanks to my neighbors for offering blankets and shoes to my family, and everyone who checked in on us.
Although we could look at tonight as a loss, all I can see is how thankful I am- it could have been SO much worse.
Thank you to the community here who was willing to help out in any way possible. We appreciate you all.”
The cause of the blaze is now under investigation.