Two fires that occurred within hours in Holiday City section of Toms River, NJ under investigation
There are two house fires that occurred within hours of each other in the Holiday City section of Toms River between Sunday night and Monday morning, that remain under investigation.
The Silverton Volunteer Fire Company responded to both fires, according to John Novak, the Chief Fire Inspector for the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention, and were joined by the Pleasant Plains Fire Company and East Dover Fire Company at the second fire.
Firefighters from the Silverton Volunteer Fire Company put out the first fire on Mount Everest Lane.
Toms River Police Officers rescued two occupants of the home.
Both the Toms River Police Department and the Toms River Township Fire Department were dispatched to the home around 8:45 pm.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced Monday that the man and woman rescued from the home were flown by a medivac to the Burn Center at Cooper Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston due to the extent of their injuries.
Both are currently listed in critical condition.
There were also three firefighters who received minor injuries and were treated at the scene after helping put out the fire.
Prosecutor Billhimer said that the cause of this fire is under investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Toms River Township Bureau of Fire Prevention.
It was around 2:27 am Monday morning that another fire was reported in Holiday City, this time on Mount Juliano.
Three fire companies worked together to put out flames that had engulfed the residence.
Inspector Novak said there were people in the house at the time of the fire, but they were able to get out without suffering any injuries.
The Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention and Toms River Police are investigating the second fire.
Inspector Novak said that: "at this time there is no connection between the two fires and the fire does not appear to be suspicious."
Dan Alexander contributed to this report.