UPDATE: Fire at Cattus Island Boulevard Home Deemed Accidental

No residents home at time of the blaze; pets rescued by authorities

A Wednesday morning blaze that heavily damaged a Cattus Island Boulevard home has been determined to be accidental, fire officials said. 

No one was inside the two story 1167 Cattus Island Blvd. home when the fire broke out at about 11:20 a.m, police said. Multiple fire companies responded to the fire, which appears to have caused the most damage to the home's second floor and attic.

"The cause of the fire has been determined to be accidental and attributed to a malfunction of energized electrical equipment in the kitchen of the structure," said James Mercready, director of the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention. 

"The structure was declared to be unsafe for occupancy as the result of the fire, and will need to be demolished or have extensive repairs made before it can be reoccupied," Mercready said.

The family's three cats and two dogs were all accounted for and suffered smoke inhalation injuries, according to police.

Photos submitted to Patch by a reader show that heavy smoke poured from the home as flames neared the roof.

Inspectors John Novak, Kevin Esposito and Stephen Hayes investigated the fire Wednesday afternoon, Mercready said.

Responding were the fire companies from Toms River, Pleasant Plains, Silverton, East Dover and Island Heights.

This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

VoiceofReason January 31, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Glad the pets are ok !
Karen Ann Campbell January 31, 2013 at 06:01 PM
wookfish you are so ignorant. This is something to joke about. An entire family is displaced. She has three young sons and they lost one of their pets. Show a little compassion or say nothing.
. January 31, 2013 at 08:40 PM
So sorry to hear that one of the pets didn't make it. Fire is a terrible thing. I live nearby and if anyone hears that the family needs anything, please post on here.
Sue DesMarais January 31, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Why don't you use your real name
Tracey January 31, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Well said Karen! This article state the pets are safe but they lost one of their kitties... The other 2 cats are still at the vet and one of the dogs is up at garden state... The animals are still in critical condition not out of the woods yet... FEMA?... The things I'd like to say right now...


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