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UPDATED: Fire Burns House In Whiting; No Injuries Reported

Monday afternoon blaze destroys Whiting home

A fire scorched a house at 142 Morning Glory Monday afternoon, demolishing the roof and much of the rest of the structure.

Crews were called to the single story home in the Whiting Station neighborhood at 2:18 p.m., police said, after a nearby fire watch tower and multiple residents called in the blaze.

Residents Florance and Walter Tulp, both 83-years-old, were eating in the kitchen when the fire started, police said. They made it out of the home safely and were seated across the street — covered with blankets — as crews battled the fire.

The Tulps were making arrangements to stay with family, according to police

It was undetermined Monday afternoon where the fire began, police said. Police from Manchester and Ocean County Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Some adjacent homes suffered heat damage, but "nothing that's going to stop them from living there," said Lt. Robert Dolan. Four homes surrounding the Tulp residence were evacuated as a precaution, but those residents were allowed back into their homes by 3:30 p.m., Dolan said. 

Streets near the home were blocked with yellow police tape as authorities dealt with the scene. Neighbors lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the heavily damaged home. 

Crews from Whiting, Lakehurst, Ridgeway and Bamber Lakes fire departments responded to the scene.

suz April 02, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Oh...looks bad. Glad they are safe.
Cindy Chapman Nacca April 03, 2012 at 12:35 AM
i have an empty house in crestwood. if they need a place to stay
Thomas April 03, 2012 at 01:33 AM
its great to see some caring individual willing to help someone in need ,i responded to this call as a fireman for one of the fire cos ,it was pretty heartbreaking to see the eldery people who just lost all they own , but they got out with their lives ,thank God
Artist/Engineer April 03, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Thanks to all the firemen who responded and put the blaze out quickly. I live in this community and it is a horrific thing that has happened. So sad for the couple who own this house.
crystal wingender January 25, 2013 at 02:48 PM
going to the lunch to support the in holton see everyone there wingender family
crystal wingender January 26, 2013 at 01:30 PM
wrong fire

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