Fire department activity in downtown Toms River snarls traffic

     Firefighters entering a commercial structure on West Water Street in downtown Toms River late Thursday morning. (Photo courtesy of a Riverside Signal contributor)

    Firefighters entering a commercial structure on West Water Street in downtown Toms River late Thursday morning. (Photo courtesy of a Riverside Signal contributor)

    Fire department activity in downtown Toms River is causing significant traffic delays throughout the area late Thursday morning.

    A fire broke out in a commercial structure at the corner of West Water Street and Adafre Avenue shortly before 11:00 a.m., fire department sources said.

    The blaze was quickly extinguished, and there were no injuries. The extent of damage to the structure was not immediately known. 

    West Water Street, a major connector between the Garden State Parkway and downtown Toms River, is closed at the fire scene as of late morning, causing heavy traffic throughout the area.

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    The roadway will be closed until further notice as firefighters continue to operate on the scene, according to authorities.  

    An investigation is ongoing. 

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