BY SANNE YOUNG AND SCOTT YUNKER
WALL TOWNSHIP — An early Christmas morning fire destroyed a family home in South Wall, but the occupants who fled the home were uninjured, authorities said.
At 2:19 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 25, firefighters responded to a report of a fire at 2549 Stearns Drive and found the two-story residential structure fully engulfed in flames.
Four individuals had exited the Stearns Drive residence when police officers reached the scene, said Wall Township Police Capt. Gregory Carpino, who added that the family was safe and “well-sheltered” at an undisclosed location on Saturday.
The fire was extinguished by the South Wall, Glendola and West Belmar fire companies in Wall Township, assisted by the Spring Lake, Point Pleasant and Manasquan fire departments, Capt. Carpino said.
Also responding were Wall Township police, the Wall Community First Aid Squad and Wall Township First Aid and Rescue.
“The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Monmouth County Fire Marshal and Wall Township Fire Bureau; however, it does not appear suspicious at this time,” Capt. Carpino said Monday.
The homeowners were identified as Joseph and Patricia Ervin by a neighbor and Wall Helps Its People [WHIP], a local nonprofit that helps township residents in times of crisis. In an online post, WHIP stated: “Thankfully, no one was injured but they lost their beloved family cat. Joseph and Patricia are facing an uphill battle to rebuild their home and replace their belongings. They have raised a family in Wall for the past 47 years. Joseph is a Navy veteran.
“People wishing to help may write a check payable to WHIP and mail it to: WHIP, P.O. Box 1214, Wall NJ 07719. Put ‘Ervin Family’ in the note.”
Donations also may be made via Venmo @WHIPNJ and by credit card at WHIPNJ.com.
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