Station 44 reports to structure fire at 113 Carteret….

The upper unit of this home in the rear of 113 Carteret Avenue was completed gutted by fire during the early morning hours of October 29th.

A quick moving fire completely gutted the upstairs apartment in the rear building of 113 Carteret Avenue in Seaside Heights during the early morning hours of October 29th, but firefighters from Seaside Heights and Point Pleasant Beach prevented the fire from spreading to an adjacent luxury condominium building. According to commanding officer, 1st Assistant Chief Billy Rumbolo from the SHFD, the call came in at about 3:30 a.m. Passersby noticed the fire and awakened nearby neighbors. (According to a neighbor from the same property, the premises had just been vacated about two hours earlier by the previous tenants.) First responders from Station 44 encountered the upper unit fully involved in fire, with the wind spreading the flames towards one of the four buildings of the large Oceana Villas condominiums, separated by just a few feet. Although siding was melted, the other building was not ignited. Flames could be seen coming from every window of the upstairs unit, and damage was complete. However, it only took firefighters about 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control. Also responding to the blaze was the FAST team from Point Pleasant Beach. Lavallette FD also assisted by being on call to respond should another call come into Seaside Heights while the Station 44 firefighters were on the scene of the structure fire. Following the blaze, investigators from the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office were on the scene for approximately six hours. After the OCFM was done with the investigation, the building was then cleared so that the Station 44 firefighters could examine the scene and officers could perform a critique of operations as part of on-going education. The complex at 113 Carteret Avenue, which is known for its landmark lighthouse that adorns the front of the property, is owned by landlord Theodore Szejnrok. In 2005, a structure fire inflicted heavy damage at 34 Fremont Avenue, another building that is owned by Mr. Szejnrok.

Flames threatened the neighboring Oceana Villas condo building, melting siding, but not igniting the structure.

Station 44 members attended a critique at the site of the structure fire at 113 Carteret Avenue the following evening. (From left to right) Victor Rose, John Praznic, Randy Cabral, Ed Long, Eli Oliveri

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