Shortly after midnight on Friday February 4, 2022 the Toms River Police and Fire Department communications center received a call for a vehicle on fire at 38 Fielder Avenue in the Ortley Beach section of Toms River.
The Seaside Heights and Ocean Beach fire companies responded along with Toms River Police patrol units. The Seaside Heights Fire Chief reported that a well involved vehicle fire in the driveway between 38 Fielder Avenue and 32 Fielder Avenue had extended into the structure at 38 Fielder Avenue and was burning on the side of 32 Fielder Avenue.
The fire was then upgraded to a 2nd alarm plus two additional engine companies.
The fire was declared under control at approximately 2 AM by Chief Calvo from the Ocean Beach Fire Company who was the incident commander.
The structure at 38 Fielder Avenue suffered severe fire damage on all floors along with the homeowners two vehicles that were in the driveway. The structure at 44 Fielder Avenue suffered damage to the exterior wall and attic space along with severe damage to a Kia Soul that was parked in the driveway. The house at 32 Fielder received damage to the exterior wall along with smoke throughout the interior.
The homeowner at 38 Fielder Avenue was able to escape the fire without any injuries and no other injuries were reported.
The fire cause is under investigation by Fire Inspectors Ryan LaVigne and Richard Foster from the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention and Toms River Police Department Patrolman Scott Fallano. The cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious.
The volunteer fire companies that responded on the initial alarm and the subsequent 2nd alarm were:
Ocean Beach Volunteer Fire Company – NJ Seaside Heights Fire Department
Seaside Park Station 45 Volunteer Fire Company
Lavallette Fire Department
Toms River Fire Dept., Company #1
Toms River Fire Company 2
East Dover Fire Company
Island Heights Volunteer Fire Co. 1
Pleasant Plains Vol. Fire Department
Silverton Volunteer Fire Company
Brenton Woods Fire Company (Coverage Assignment)
Manitou Park Fire Company (Coverage Assignment)
John Novak Chief Fire Inspector
Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention