At approximately 4:50 am Shabbos morning, the Pleasant Plains Fire Department and Silverton Fire Company were dispatched to a structure fire on Whitty Road in Toms River. The first arriving units confirmed an active fire in a large single-family home. The fire would eventually be upgraded to 3 alarms, prompting multiple outside agencies to be called in for assistance.
The occupants and multiple pet cats, dogs and birds were inside the home at the time of the fire. The occupants escaped the blaze and multiple animals were rescued. Unfortunately, an unknown number of animals perished in the fire.
The fire caused a partial collapse of the roof structure on the home. Firefighters from all Toms River stations and multiple mutual aid companies operated for approximately five hours. Two firefighters were injured during the fire and have been treated for their injuries and released.
This fire is being investigated by the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention and the Toms River Township Police Department.
Emergency agencies at the blaze included:
Pleasant Plains Vol. Fire Department
Silverton Volunteer Fire Company
East Dover Fire Company
Toms River Fire Dept., Company #1
Toms River Fire Company 2
Ocean Beach Volunteer Fire Company – NJ
Toms River Police Department
Toms River Police EMS IAFF Local 4846
Beachwood Vol. Fire Department
Manitou Park Volunteer Fire Company
Breton Woods Fire Company #1
Pioneer Hose Co #1
Herbertsville Fire Company No. 1
Manchester Volunteer Fire Department
Island Heights Volunteer Fire Co. 1
Seaside Heights Fire Department
Brick Township Police Emergency Medical Services