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Crews Prevent Lakehurst Shed Fire From Spreading to Home

Shed fire nearly spread to home's rear deck Wednesday afternoon

Multiple crews responded to a residence Wednesday afternoon and suppressed a shed fire before it could spread to a home on the property.

Patrolman Iain James responded to the home at 510 Chestnut street at 1:57 p.m. after police received a 911 call for a shed that was "fully engulfed," said Sgt. Ronald Heinzman in a statement.

Flames and heat from the shed, which was near the home, nearly ignited the rear porch, the sergeant said.

"The quick efforts of the [Lakehurst Volunteer Fire Company] contributed to minimal damage to the home as well as saving the home," Heinzman said.

The fire appears to have been accidentally caused by a cigarette, according to Heinzman. The sergeant did not report any injuries.

Fire crews from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Whiting also responded. Officials from the Ocean County Fire Marshal's and Prosecutor's Office were at the scene, Heinzman said.

James and the county fire marshal's office are investigating the blaze, Heinzman said.

T C May 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM
What a scary sight that was living in the house behind them seeing the whole shed on fire and then fire jumping onto roof of the outside patio area. Good job to all who responded!
Lisa Cubeiro May 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM
People should not be throwing their cigarettes anywhere. If you choose to poison yourself that doesn't mean you have to leave your trash all over the ground for others to clean up for you much less cause disaters like these. They are very lucky. My friends whole house burned down because a worker smoked on her porch & threw the cigaette down. It caught fire on a bag of thrash that was waiting to be taken out.
Robby May 10, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I just want to say that this is the second structure fire in 5 months that the Lakehurst Vol. Fire Company #62 has responded to and saved the structure from being destroyed and prevented a larger incident from occuring. I think that this is another classic example of how great of a fire company and Police Force we do have in this small town. Excellent job to the firemen of the Lakehurst Fire Company..and to the firemen who also assisted from Whiting #33 and JB MDL Fire company #63. You guys all did a great job.
lorrie May 10, 2012 at 05:20 PM
It amazes me how quickly people jump to conclusions. The fire marshall has not een completed his investigation as to how this fire really started. How about we all just thank God no one was hurt and praise our firemen and all who responded so quickly to put this fire out.
SC May 11, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I think we owe all the Credit to the Base fire department for being first on the scene and putting the fire out and preventing it from causing further damage to the house . For such a small town we sure do have alot of trucks sitting in that new fire house collecting dust .At least Santa Clause has a nice new truck to ride on at Christmas time LOL
Connie Miller May 11, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Thank you to all of the Fire Departments who responded so quickly. We would not have a home to live in today if you hadn't come when you did. Thank you to all our neighbors and friends from the community that came to help, and offer a shoulder to cry on. Thank you Officer Ian for being so good with my 4 yr old neice, she was scared and you made her feel more at ease. You never think these type of things will happen to you, but when they do, it opens your eyes to what is really important in life; Family, Friends, and helping one another. God Bless you all, The family of 510 Chestnut St
Connie Miller May 11, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Oops Sorry, It's Officer James. Thank you!
Connie Miller May 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Thank you also to LAKEHURST PUBLIC WORKS DEPT., my mother informed me this morning that they were actually the first ones here and started battling the blaze on thier own. Thank you so very much!!
Justcause May 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Hey SC Maybe u need to get your facts together the base was the last company to show up as mentioned nearly all our public works men in town are Lakehurst Fire fighters and were the first men on scene. Somebody nearly lost a house and you take this oppertunity to insult the firemen who are volunteers you are a complete and total turd. Maybe your home will catch fire and then we will see how much you like to run off at the mouth. People Like you disgust me SC. Now go back to your trailer whiskey tango!! Good work Lakehurst FD dont listen people like SC who are a coward to use a screen name like that.. what does SC stand for Scaredy Cat because you dont have the guts to do what they do.
SC May 11, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Just Cause I was standing there watching and you need to get your facts together .With all the money we spend on trucks and a brand new fire house we should have a paid fire man at the station at all times.And I will run my mouth whenever I choose .It does take bravery to run into a fire when everybody is running out .And with the trailer whiskey tango comment you must be one of Lakehurst's Finest I'm very proud of you.
robby May 11, 2012 at 08:57 PM
SC is a idiot they have no clue what they are talking about. Standing there watching exactly!!!not doing anything but offering sharp critisim. The truck and the building are threw grants moron. As far as a paid fireservice that is impossible with what it would cost. I guess you dont to pay your cable bill to get cheaper entertainment. Again attack the volunteers and its all about money. Lakehurst firemen do not get low sat which is what they get in all the surrounding towns. basically its 1500 a yr per firemen but i guess you didnt know that either SC. I agree with just cause people like you disgust me...you should be ashamed of your self. What does lakehurst finest mean anyway
Lakehurst Vol FireDept May 14, 2012 at 01:42 AM
SC. Lakehurst Volunteer Fire Dept were first on scene and knocked the fire down with 2 fine young men on the nozzle. You say the money we spend on trucks, 3 of the trucks are GRANT trucks that cost $14,000 for about a million dollars worth of equipment. And credit is also rightfully given to the support that Sta 63 provided along with 33. Neighbors helping neighbors getting the job done. Protecting life and property.

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