HOWELL – A vehicle caught fire earlier today, causing significant damage to the home where it was parked, police said.
The car was parked in the driveway of a home located at 3 Ethan Dr. in the Manasquan River Crossing development. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway but initial reports state that it is not suspicious.
Several witnesses called 911 to alert the authorities at around 10 a.m.
“Upon arrival of emergency services, the fire had made its way into the residence,” police said. “All occupants were removed from the home prior to the arrival of responding units.”
The fire spread quickly through the home and while firefighters were battling the blaze, the roof of the 4,500-square-foot house collapsed.
A firefighter was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation.
Multiple agencies responded, including Howell police, Fire Bureau, Squankum Fire Co., Farmingdale Fire Co., Adelphia Fire Co., Southard Fire Co., Ramtown Fire Co., Freewood Acres Fire Co., Jackson Fire Co., Wall Fire Co., Howell Police EMS, Farmingdale-Howell First Aid, Howell First Aid, MONOC, and the Howell Office of Emergency Management.