MANASQUAN — Several fire companies responded to a blaze in a residential structure on Broad Street on Monday afternoon.
The building is a short distance from Main Street, next to the Squan Tavern.
Fire companies from Manasquan, Brielle, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, Wall, Neptune and Asbury Park appeared at the scene.
Independent Fire Company No. 1 in Spring Lake Heights wrote on Facebook Monday night that crews “spent over 4 hours on scene assisting the Manasquan Fire Department at a 2 alarm fire. All crews worked together to make aggressive attacks at this fire under extreme conditions.”
Heavy smoke from the fire billowed from the building at 25 Broad Street and drifted to the intersection of Main and South streets in the borough. One person was seen being taken from the scene in an ambulance as oxygen was administered.
Another person who had been in the building said there had been only three people inside when the fire broke out and that all three were able to get out.
A borough alert from the office of emergency management at 6 p.m. stated that power had been shut off to about 450 Manasquan residents in the vicinity of Atlantic Avenue and Broad Street due to fire department activity. The alert stated that “power will be restored once safe to do so.”
A GoFundMe was organized on Tuesday by Maggie Weeks and Isabella Ragan for the Cardilla family, who lived in the Broad Street residence for 20 years.
“Thankfully, everyone involved was able to evacuate safely. Unfortunately, they lost all of their personal belongings and cherished memories. They got out with only the clothes they were wearing. We are raising funds to help RoseMarie (Aunt Ro) and Nate get back on their feet,” the organizers wrote.
“RoseMarie is a single guardian who works In town and an active member of the community. Nate is currently a senior at MHS and has been in the school district since kindergarten. Any donation towards helping them rebuild their lives would be extremely helpful and most appreciated. Whether it be a financial contribution or just simply sharing this link with your friends and family on Facebook or email, all efforts will help. Love to all.”
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