Stations 54, 55 and 57 were dispatched to a possible structure fire on Azalea Circle in the Sixty Acres section early on the evening of November 2. First arriving Station 54 Chief Ray Tremer and Station 57 Chief Scott Rauch and other responding crews found smoke showing from the structure and after opening up, located an active fire inside a void space above the ceiling of the first floor bathroom.
Ladder / Tower 55′s crew consisting of Lt. Kevin McGinn, Past Chief Rick Masker, Past Chief Chip Smith, Engineer Jack Siedler after performing truck work also stretched an 1 3/4″ line inside and knocked the fire. 55′s crews were assisted by Station 54 and 57. Due to the fact that the homeowner smelled smoke and called right away, and the quick work of the crews on the scene, the damage was mainly limited to the bathroom area. The first floor of the home suffered smoke damage, as well as the second floor and adjacent property. The Ocean County Fire Marshals office is investigating the cause of the fire. All crews were up and available just after 8 p.m.