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Halloween house fire in Toms River
By ROBERT SINNOTT JR
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A crew from Toms River Engine 2501 advances along a breezeway towards the garage fire.
Toms River Fire Company Engine 2671 arrives on scene of a working fire.
Chief Gary Dye (2500) sets up command at a working house fire River Bend Dr in Toms River.
Island Heights Fire Company Station 53 crew from engine 5301 stretching a 1 3/4 line.
A view of the structure from command.
TOMS RIVER, NJ - Firefighters from Toms River Vol. Fire Co. No.1 Station 25 and Toms River Fire Co. No. 2 Station 26 had finished up from a long day on Saturday, October 31, 2009 from the 72nd annual Halloween parade. The parade is rated as one of the largest parades on the east coast after the New York City parade.
At 8:20 Sunday morning the Toms River stations were dispatched to a possible structure fire on River Bend Road in the Cranmore section.
Toms River police and fire units arrived on the scene and reported a two story, two car garage with fire through the roof. Radiant heat was melting the siding on the nearby main residence as well as a neighboring residence. Toms River Fire Chief Gary Dye (2500) assumed command.
Engine 2501 and engine 2671 were first arriving and instructed to stretch a hand line and set up for deck gun operations. Command requested a general alarm, dispatching Island Heights Engine 5301, East Dover Ladder 2865, Silverton Engine 2911 and Pleasant Plains Ladder 3065. Beachwood Fire Company Station 16 was requested to cover the downtown stations and Toms River First aid and Toms River Police EMS units stood by, no injuries were reported.
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