MANCHESTER – Two dogs and a bird were rescued from a fire that damaged a Pine Lake Park home, police said.
The fire was reported at about 11:30 a.m. on August 18. No one was home at the time, except for the pets.
Smoke and flames were spotted coming from the roof of the house, located at 1000 Fifth Avenue. The fire was extinguished by the Manchester Fire Department, Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department, and Joint Base Fire. EMTs from Manchester Township Emergency Medical Services and Toms River EMS also responded.
A member of the Manchester Fire Department sustained a minor injury and was treated and released from Community Medical Center.
Unfortunately, the home is uninhabitable. The residents were relocated with family.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Manchester Police Investigations Bureau.