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Downtown Toms River Fire Ruled Accidental

Failed electrical equipment is likely what caused Thursday’s fire in downtown Toms River that damaged several buildings at the intersection of Robbins and Washington Streets, according to fire officials.

Fire in downtown Toms River
Fire in downtown Toms River (Marianne Levy, Townsquare Media NJ)

Jim Mercready, the director of the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention tells patch.com the fire started accidentally, in the East Coast Gamers store at 38 Robbins Street. The blaze is believed to have started above the drop ceiling in the back of the business.

The building is being evaluated by a structural engineer. The report will be reviewed by the Township building department.

Meanwhile, neighboring Capone’s restaurant has re-opened.

The investigation into the cause and origin of the fire was conducted by Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention Inspector Kevin Esposito, Toms River Police and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

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