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UPDATE: Two Dogs Die, Home Heavily Damaged in Morning Fire

Six fire companies responded to morning blaze

Photo: Ralph Stocco, TRPD
Photo: Ralph Stocco, TRPD
Firefighters and police remained on the scene of a large residential structure fire at 509 Clinton Avenue in Toms River that claimed the lives of two dogs, police spokesman Ralph Stocco said.

By 2 p.m. Monday, the fire had been out for several hours, though investigators remained on the scene, Stocco said.  The fire broke out at 9:23 a.m., was contained at 10:28 a.m. and brought under control at 11:45 a.m.

No one was home when the fire broke out, though there were two mixed breed Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the home, both of whom died despite efforts by emergency personnel to save them, said Stocco.

"Investigators are still on the scene sifting through the debris in attempts to determine the cause," said Stocco. "It appears to have started in the southwest section of the home near the kitchen area."

The fire elicited a response from six fire companies: Toms River Fire Company 1 & 2, East Dover Fire Company, Silverton Fire Company, Pleasant Plains Fire Company and Island Heights Fire Department

Detective Tom DiMichele is conducting the investigation for the Toms River Police Department. Detectives John Doran and Detective Tim Haskel of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Arson Unit are also investigating.  They are assisted by Dan Molyneux from the Sheriff’s Department CIU Division.  Also responding were the officers Esposito, Hayes, and Bauer from Toms River Fire Prevention Bureau.
Av February 23, 2014 at 08:08 AM
Anal vent ?
i don't get it?? February 23, 2014 at 08:16 AM
This happened Friday. Why does the article now state it happened Monday?
diane spinella February 23, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Y does it matter when it happened. It happened and it's terrible, especially the loss of two dogs..
Peter February 23, 2014 at 09:58 AM
Is that what "Av" stands for? Anal vent. LOL
diane spinella February 25, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Omg. These poor people lost there home and two babies. And you people just make comments back and fourth to each other grow up..

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