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    Firefighters contend with light snow, icing at Toms River blaze

     A fire broke out at 8 Park Street in downtown Toms River Tuesday morning. There were no injuries. (Photo courtesy of the Toms River Police Department)

    A fire broke out at 8 Park Street in downtown Toms River Tuesday morning. There were no injuries. (Photo courtesy of the Toms River Police Department)

    Firefighters battled a house fire in the downtown section of Toms River Tuesday morning, authorities said.

    The blaze broke out at 8 Park Street at 8:46 a.m., and arriving police and firefighters discovered heavy smoke billowing from the structure, said Ralph Stocco, Toms River Police Department spokesman.

    All occupants were outside the structure when authorities arrived, he added.

    A spokesman from the Toms River Vol. Fire Co. 1 reported that there were no injuries.

    “Initial reports are that the fire began in a bedroom on the south side of the home and quickly spread,” Stocco said.

    The police spokesman said that firefighters are contending with light snowfall and freezing temperatures, which are causing icing conditions in the area as water flow from the fire is gathering on roadways. 

    “Police and fire agencies are working in conjunction with the Toms River Public Works Department to sand and salt the area prior to reopening the surrounding roadways, which are currently closed,” Stocco said. 

    Firefighters from Toms River #1 and #2, Pleasant Plains, East Dover, Silverton, and Island Heights responded. 

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