LAKEHURST – Two firefighters sustained minor injuries in an early morning fire at a Center Street home.
Police responded to the fire at about 2:49 a.m. on March 24, Police Chief Matthew Kline said. The home, located at 8 Center Street, had already been evacuated. The residents living there didn’t suffer injuries.
“The first responding fire departments did a tremendous job on the initial attack of the fire which prevented the fire from spreading to other structures that were in close proximity,” Kline said.
It was all hands on deck, as several companies responded to the fire, including the Lakehurst, Manchester, Ridgeway, Whiting, Toms River, Jackson and Joint Base Fire Departments. Additionally, Lakehurst Volunteer First Aid Squad responded.
Two firefighters received minor injuries in combating the fire, and were transported to a local hospital for treatment, he said.
The Manchester Township Building Inspector determined that the house was left uninhabitable and the residents moved in with family.
An initial investigation suggests that the fire was accidental, and that it started in the kitchen area. The full investigation will be completed by the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office and Lakehurst Police Officer Harry Paul.
The American Red Cross also assisted at the scene.