UPDATE - Toms River Police have confirmed a house fire on Gold Street. Several sources confirm that it's the home of former Toms River Mayor Roden Lightbody and his wife Novella "Pugs" Lightbody. They were not injured in the fire but a relative said they lost one of their two …
Last week we shared with you a video of the demolition work that was being done on the fire damaged buildings on Robbins Street in downtown Toms River. If you've been in the area this week, you've probably noticed the new gaping hole at the corner of Robbins Street and Washington Street.
Following this past spring's devastating fire on Robbins Street in downtown Toms River, a number of businesses have been shuttered and deemed unsafe to occupy. Work has continued since then, and took a new step today with heavy demolition of some of the structures. Watch our video below:
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.
The downtown Toms River building damaged in a fire Thursday is undergoing a structural assessment by an engineer, hired by the property owner, to determine whether the building can be saved or needs to be demolished.