highlands fire 107 shore

highlands fire 107 shoreUPDATE: nj.com is reporting a fatal fire that tore through a Shore Drive home Tuesday morning was ruled accidental, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

HIGHLANDS, NJ – A fire this morning claimed the life of a Highlands woman, according Highlands Fire Department Senior Lieutenant Michael Armstrong.  The structure fire was reported by a neighbor about 8:00 am Tuesday.  Police and firefighters responded immediately.  The fire was contained within an hour or so according to Lt. Armstrong.  A man made it out of the house alive but two cats and a dog also perished in the fire.

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The home at 107 Shore Dr. is owned by John Sakariassen according to County tax records.  Neighbors say a woman named Alice was living at the house.

The Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.  The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is also investigating because a death was involved.

Responders included the Highlands Police Department, Highlands Fire Department, and Highlands First Aid Squad.  Responding to mutual aid in a structure fire were Community Fire Department and Navesink Hook and Ladder Company.



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