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UPDATE: Fire Breaks Out in Home Left Vacant After Sandy

Cause of the blaze is currently under investigation.

Toms River police are currently investigating the cause of a multiple-alarm fire that broke out in a home abandoned following Hurricane Sandy Friday evening.

According to police, a resident of Blue Heron Drive called police shortly before 6 p.m. Friday to report a fire across the lagoon from his property at a home on Aldo Drive. Toms River Police Officer Adam Koeppen arrived shortly after and reported that the home was fully engulfed in flames.

It took fire crews from Silverton Fire, Pleasant Plains, Toms River 1 & 2, and East Dover Fire Companies to exstinguish the fire. No injuries were reported. The home, in the 300 block of Aldo Drive, is one of several in the same neighborhood left unoccupied following Sandy, police said.

It was not immediately known when the fire first broke out, or how long it took until it was knocked down. 

The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Det. Roger Hull and Tomas Dimichele, as well as the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevent and the Ocean County Sheriff's Department are currently investigating. 

Over 55 February 02, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Well, I live in that neighborhood. My home was really messed up by Sandy. We are living up stairs as we have a Cape Cod, but the downstairs is destroyed. The horrible fact is that we are going to do nothing down stairs and live upstairs for about three or four years. The reason, we are not going to raise our home cause it is not worth it and we will never get enough money to do so. We are going to stop paying the mortgage at some point, wait , wait and possibly file BK. After the years are up we will see how much money we saved and probably by a small condo for cash in one of the cheaper senior developments. We meet with two different attorneys and both told us it will take years for the bank to take the home, so here it goes. I already have family members that are willing to help us out to add money in a few years if needed to buy a small senior home for cash if needed. Can;t wait to get out of this hell hole.
1stcav February 02, 2013 at 08:11 PM
I'm sure water damage somewhere in the electrical or heating system if any.Some are being heated just with space heaters until proper repairs can /will be made...FEMA didn't have to deal with COLD and freezing weather in La.Whole new set of rules in "Jersey "
Chief Wahoo February 02, 2013 at 08:17 PM
this is going to be happening more and more.....a very dangerous situation , thats no one seems to be addressing, as always reactibe and not proactive Stay safe everyone, as the jersey shore is not safe right now
letsgetreal February 02, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Chief with all do respect who isnt doing anything about it? Nothing for nothing this is gonna happen to the fault of nobody...
charlotte February 03, 2013 at 01:21 AM
I am so sorry. It has been terrible for all of us and it continues.
JB08753 February 03, 2013 at 04:33 AM
@letsgetreal, yes there are many to blame, including ourselves. First off remember this is not a barrier island house, this is a mainland home. We can blame government for this this. Till this day, the rules have not exactly been set on how we are to rebuild if you live on the water or even somewhat by the water. We can blame insurance companies who just haven't paid yet, and/or mortgage companies who wont sign off on the check so people can get started. This is NJ, and definitely not cheap to live here. So image trying to pay current property taxes (which towns are demanding even if no one is living in the home), and try to pay for a rental home. Especially as a lot (not all) rental properties are not priced where they use to be, or there just isn't any around (except what FEMA offers in crappy areas like sec. 8 in Camden.) Now there is FEMA, who just keeps on creating a bigger mess by changing its rules as they go along. I bet if you were ILLEGAL and renting in Sea Side, you are well taken care of. Or you could be like myself, wife, and 3 kids (who rented) are now getting denied any assistance because the rules all the sudden changed, and they really aren't listed anywhere for us the people to know. There is more that I could say, but I will stop there before I get myself upset over an idiot who has no clue.
letsgetreal February 03, 2013 at 12:47 PM
JB08753 Maybe you need to take a lesson in manners. First your the idiot and two you have no idea who is and isn't effected. You have not cornered the market on being one of the people effected by this storm so get off your high horse. If you read my comment and took a deep breath my point was, that at this point nobody can now prevent house fires sadly, and the last thing I am going to do is defend the insurance Co's, the politicians, or anyone else that you have listed above. WE ALL screwed not just YOU and besides don't tell me FEMA is not giving people rental assistance because they do and they are for countless other owners and renters. Stop taking your frustrations out on me. Maybe spend more time researching assistance through FEMA and less time commenting on what I said and looking for an argument! And don't twist my words either I feel sorry for every individual displaced even YOU even though I am and IDIOT as you say! Just sayin.....
barbara February 03, 2013 at 02:23 PM
feel for you over 55, our house that we rent to our son in toms river also got hit big time. while we are renovating, will not raise the house and go the same route you are basically. so frustrating and so sad.
Michelle Blamble February 03, 2013 at 05:33 PM
what do you mean "First off remember this is not a barrier island house, this is a mainland home. We can blame government for this this." How does it matter if it's on the island or the mainland?
justamom February 03, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Over 55, I've felt that your answer is the only answer that makes sense. I'm behind you 100%. It's a darn shame that it's come to that. I feel that people have no choice. If it were me, I guess I'd try to fix the house, I'd forgo that crazy insurance since it seems to have been a costly waste of time for so many, or I'd let it go as you are doing. the only advice I'd give you, is when the time comes? buy out of state. your dollar will go so much further. best of luck to you in your future.
letsgetreal February 04, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Michelle don't let JB08753's ignorance both you....though you do make a good point! He is apparently blinded by his own frustration.
Marianne February 04, 2013 at 06:36 PM
I grew up on the Jersey shore and it will always be home to me. Many years ago I realized I was very limited on what I could do.. I didn't know the world was so big. I took a leap of faith and moved to Texas. I talked most of my family into following me. That was 30 years ago and all have said it was the best move - it changed our lives. I go back to NJ every year, I love it there. But, seriously, you could move to Dallas and still buy a decent house for under a $100k, it is nice here. I'm just saying, you guys have a long road ahead of you, building and starting over again, you could do it someplace else. Dallas is awesome.
Eddy and Nan February 04, 2013 at 06:50 PM
We are going to do it somewhere else. Just not right now. We in addition to many other residents here I am sure did seek out legal help. After going over many options, we most likely will walk away from this house in a few years. We do not even live on the water, we are off Fisher Blvd and our home got ruined. Now we are in a new zone went from X to A? Don't matter, we did some patch work and have most of the home back in order as far as heat, flooring and some sheet rock. We used the homeowners money to to so, as the flood insurance money is still in limbo. In a year or so we may stop paying the bank and put our money to better use and go from there cause no way are we going to either raise our home and or pay higher flood rates of up to 30k. Over and out. Why would I go thru this for a home not on the water and all of 1400 Sq feet and owe for sure to the bank way more then it's worth. Cannot believe the damage we sustained , not even being on the water. The flood ins company stinks as we are still waiting for this mystery check 3 months later.
average joe February 04, 2013 at 08:15 PM
I feel terrible for all of you that have to walk away from your homes, grants are going to be available but unfortunately not in time for some. I am going to rebuild and stay, this is my home I will not walk away without a fight. I live on the water and also my home was severly damaged and flood insurance has not paid yet. I am going to hang in and fight for what we surely deserve, help from not only FEMA but our state and township.
barbara February 05, 2013 at 01:02 AM
in the same situation almost, our flood ins did pay, but bank holding it up. we also have home off fischer which we rent to our son. nightmare. hubby been busting his ass these past few months, another month and we will be done, but no way we gonna raise. we have a small home also, but it was always "home". we not on the water either. guess we were lucky in a way, the flood adjuster came week later, we got $20,000 advance, but 5 weeks later with the final payoff, bank is holding most of it now gotta deal with that crap. so sad..........so frustrating.....
John V February 05, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Another case of lakewood lightning it would seem... Not the first and certainly not the last.


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