Fire Starts In Vacant Lakewood Home

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LAKEWOOD – A fire that broke out on the second floor of a vacant Cross Street home is still under investigation by county officials.

The five Lakewood fire departments, along with agencies from Toms River, Jackson, Brick and Point Pleasant, had the fire under control in about 30 minutes, Lakewood Fire Chief Mike D’Elia Jr. told Jersey Shore Online.

A call came in around 1:15 p.m. Aug. 6, reporting smoke coming from the second floor, D’Elia said. The township keeps a running list of vacant and abandoned homes known to house squatters. This Cross Street house is not on that list, he said. No one was in the house at the time of the fire.

A Toms River firefighter was treated for an unknown injury at Lakewood’s southern campus of Monmouth Medical Center.

The fire closed Cross Street between James Street and Nieman Road until about 5 p.m. yesterday.

The fire is being investigated by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and County Fire Marshal.