Jackson–Just before 5 am Thursday, firefighters from Jackson Volunteer Fire Company #1 (Station 55) and Whitesville Volunteer Fire Company (sStation 57) were dispatched to Emory Court, here, for a reported structure fire.
Upon signing on the radio Chief Mike Waters was advised that the fire was confirmed and he struck the second alarm while en route to the fire, bringing the Cassville Volunteer Fire Company (station 56), Jackson Mills Volunteer Fire Company (station 54) and Southard Fire Company of Howell to the scene.
The first arriving officer on scene was Whitesville’s Safety Officer, Dan Bradley who assumed initial command and reported that he had a fire through the roof of a two story single family dwelling.
Neighbors reported to arriving firefighters that the home was vacant. This was confirmed by a posting stating that the home was in foreclosure. Because of a lack of life safety risks Chief Waters now in command decided to fight the fire defensively by going into aerial operations with the first two ladder trucks on scene.
The fire was placed under control in about 35 minute from the time of their arrival. There were no injuries.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Fire Marshall’s Office, the Jackson Police Department and Fire District #3 Bureau of Fire Prevention.
Also assisting at the scene were EMTs from Quality Medical and Jackson Police Officers.
Lakewood Fire Department, Pleasant Plains Fire Company of Toms River and Freehold Independent Fire Company provided coverage to the town while resources were committed on scene. Lakewood’s firefighters put out a small brush fire that started while units were still on scene with the assistance of the NJ Forest Fire Service.