A weekend house fire in Manchester's Pine Lake Park section that sent a township woman to the hospital with minor injuries is believed to have started in a bedroom, police said.
Police patrol units responded to the 26 Savannah Road home at about 8:45 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a fire. When they arrived, "smoke was visible from the second story window and rooftop," said Manchester Police Capt. Lisa Parker.
Responders from the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department "extinguished and isolated" the blaze in the bedroom belonging to Eric Serafin, Parker said, where "multiple" extension cords and candles were found.
Both of the home's residents, Eric and Kathleen Serafin, were able to exit the house without the help of emergency responders. Kathleen Serafin was then transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for minor smoke inhalation treatment, Parker said.
Ocean County Deputy Fire Marshal Brian Mount at this time has determined that the fire was "accidental/negligent," according to Parker.
The township's Code Enforcement Officer, Don Cain, deemed the home uninhabitable and JCP&L removed the electric meter from the home, according to Parker.