Fatal Toms River House Fire Accidental, Victim ID’d

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TOMS RIVER – The fatal trailer park fire that left one man dead has been deemed accidental, according to Ocean County authorities.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer confirmed that the Roberts Road blaze on February 16 may have been caused by smoking materials as they discovered the blaze started in a mattress in the bedroom.

Authorities have identified the deceased man as 76-year-old Billy Kimbrough.

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Officers from the Toms River Township Police Department and Toms River Township Fire Departments were dispatched to the fire where they found large flames, smoke and the body of Kimbrough.

A thorough and extensive investigation was conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit- Arson Squad, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and the Toms River Township Bureau of Fire Prevention.

A post mortem examination of the victim is scheduled for today.