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UPDATE: Fire Causes Extensive Damage to East Dover Home

Dwelling cannot be inhabited, fire officials rule

Photo: East Dover Fire Company/ Facebook
Photo: East Dover Fire Company/ Facebook
A fire that broke out Friday night caused extensive damage to a home in the East Dover section of Toms River, officials said.

Firefighters were called to 409 Buermann Avenue at about 6:15 p.m. Friday to the one-story, single family dwelling that was occupied when the fire broke out, said James Mercready, director of the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention. Fortunately, he said, no injuries were reported.

East Dover Fire Chief Richard Tutela directed the firefighting operation, which elicited a response from the East Dover, Island Heights and Toms River Fire Companies 1 and 2.

Inspector Charles Bauer conducted an investigation after the fire was extinguished and ruled the blaze accidental, saying it may have been caused by an unattended candle left burning in the living room.

Due to the extent of damage, the dwelling was posted as an unsafe structure and cannot be reoccupied until repairs are made, Mercready said. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the home's occupant with relocation needs.
chris Christie July 12, 2014 at 12:36 AM
accidental ?? Who uses candles in the middle of July??
orgjrzgrl July 12, 2014 at 07:00 AM
I do! As a matter of fact I had a few of them lit last night. Where can we find out what this family needs to make donations?
ed mays July 12, 2014 at 09:59 AM
Let common sense prevail.
barbara July 12, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Candles are a girl thing, Chris. I use them year round, but you have to be very attentive when they are lit. And you must be sure to put them out whenever you leave the room. The flameless ones are actually very nice and some look real.

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