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UPDATE: Fire Breaks Out in Home Left Vacant After Sandy

Cause of the blaze is currently under investigation.

Toms River police are currently investigating the cause of a multiple-alarm fire that broke out in a home abandoned following Hurricane Sandy Friday evening.

According to police, a resident of Blue Heron Drive called police shortly before 6 p.m. Friday to report a fire across the lagoon from his property at a home on Aldo Drive. Toms River Police Officer Adam Koeppen arrived shortly after and reported that the home was fully engulfed in flames.

It took fire crews from Silverton Fire, Pleasant Plains, Toms River 1 & 2, and East Dover Fire Companies to exstinguish the fire. No injuries were reported. The home, in the 300 block of Aldo Drive, is one of several in the same neighborhood left unoccupied following Sandy, police said.

It was not immediately known when the fire first broke out, or how long it took until it was knocked down. 

The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Det. Roger Hull and Tomas Dimichele, as well as the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevent and the Ocean County Sheriff's Department are currently investigating. 

Marianne February 04, 2013 at 06:36 PM
I grew up on the Jersey shore and it will always be home to me. Many years ago I realized I was very limited on what I could do.. I didn't know the world was so big. I took a leap of faith and moved to Texas. I talked most of my family into following me. That was 30 years ago and all have said it was the best move - it changed our lives. I go back to NJ every year, I love it there. But, seriously, you could move to Dallas and still buy a decent house for under a $100k, it is nice here. I'm just saying, you guys have a long road ahead of you, building and starting over again, you could do it someplace else. Dallas is awesome.
Eddy and Nan February 04, 2013 at 06:50 PM
We are going to do it somewhere else. Just not right now. We in addition to many other residents here I am sure did seek out legal help. After going over many options, we most likely will walk away from this house in a few years. We do not even live on the water, we are off Fisher Blvd and our home got ruined. Now we are in a new zone went from X to A? Don't matter, we did some patch work and have most of the home back in order as far as heat, flooring and some sheet rock. We used the homeowners money to to so, as the flood insurance money is still in limbo. In a year or so we may stop paying the bank and put our money to better use and go from there cause no way are we going to either raise our home and or pay higher flood rates of up to 30k. Over and out. Why would I go thru this for a home not on the water and all of 1400 Sq feet and owe for sure to the bank way more then it's worth. Cannot believe the damage we sustained , not even being on the water. The flood ins company stinks as we are still waiting for this mystery check 3 months later.
average joe February 04, 2013 at 08:15 PM
I feel terrible for all of you that have to walk away from your homes, grants are going to be available but unfortunately not in time for some. I am going to rebuild and stay, this is my home I will not walk away without a fight. I live on the water and also my home was severly damaged and flood insurance has not paid yet. I am going to hang in and fight for what we surely deserve, help from not only FEMA but our state and township.
barbara February 05, 2013 at 01:02 AM
in the same situation almost, our flood ins did pay, but bank holding it up. we also have home off fischer which we rent to our son. nightmare. hubby been busting his ass these past few months, another month and we will be done, but no way we gonna raise. we have a small home also, but it was always "home". we not on the water either. guess we were lucky in a way, the flood adjuster came week later, we got $20,000 advance, but 5 weeks later with the final payoff, bank is holding most of it now gotta deal with that crap. so sad..........so frustrating.....
John V February 05, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Another case of lakewood lightning it would seem... Not the first and certainly not the last.

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