A duplex style home in the Whiting section of Manchester Township is uninhabitable following a Friday morning fire on Willow Court.

Manchester Police said they arrived on scene around 9:04 am and saw flames coming from the roof of the residence.

They able to confirm right away that nobody was home at the time but officers did start evacuating neighboring homes.

Police were soon joined on scene by firefighters from the Manchester, Ridgeway, and Whiting Volunteer fire departments along with fire crews from the Lakehurst, Joint Base, Forked River and Bayville fire departments who extinguished the fire.

EMTs from Manchester Township Emergency Medical Services also responded to assist at the scene.

No residents were injured during the fire but one firefighter suffered an ankle injury battling the blaze and was brought to Community Medical Center.

Once the fire was out and home deemed safe, the Manchester Township Building Inspector determined that units A & B, which were severely damaged by the fire, were uninhabitable.

Manchester Police said the residents have relocated with family.

The cause of fire is undetermined but investigators believe it could be "electrical malfunctions in a bedroom."

The fire continues to be investigated by the Manchester Fire Department’s Investigations Bureau along with the Ocean County Fire Marshall’s Office.


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