Tragedy struck a Wall Township couple early Christmas morning.

South Wall Fire Rescue responded to a report of a fire at a two-story home at 2549 Stearns Drive. The residence was fully engulfed in flames.


Wall Township Police Captain Greg Carpino told Star News Group four individuals exited the Stearns Drive home when police officers reached the scene.

Joseph Ervin, a Navy veteran, and his wife Patricia raised a family and spent 47 years in that home. This fire was so severe that nothing was salvageable.

While it's being reported that Joseph and Patricia escaped uninjured, sadly they lost their family cat.

So, how do we help out our neighbors? WHIP NJ is handling donations. WHIP stands for Wall Helps Its People. This 501(c)(3) aids residents and families in times of crisis.

WHIP is asking for monetary donations. To help this family that has lost everything, please send any amount you can to WHIP.

Venmo - @WHIPNJ

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Check - Please make checks payable to WHIP, P.O. Box 1214, Wall, NJ 07719.

Please remember to make a note that your donation is for the Ervin Family.

A big thank you to all of our first responders who were able to fight the flames successfully. It was a group effort with South Wall, Glendola, West Belmar, Manasquan, Spring Lake, Point Pleasant Beach, Belmar, Brielle, and Ramtown fire companies, as well as the Wall Township Police Department, Wall Township Police EMS, and the Wall Township First Aid & Rescue Squad all on the scene.

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