Firefighters contained a house fire in Beach Haven West late this morning before it could consume an adjacent structure, officials said.
The blaze in a single-family home at 58 Aaron Drive in the Stafford Township section broke out around 11:15 a.m.
Beach Haven West is a lagoon community along the Barnegat Bay in which most of the tightly clustered lots have direct water access. A thick plume of smoke was spotted across the Barnegat Bay from Long Beach Island when the fire broke out.
Responding firefighters were able to make a “quick stop” that “saved the nearby home,” according to a posting on the Surf City Volunteer Fire Company Facebook page. Crews were initially concerned that the fire would spread.
Photos from the scene showed extensive damage, requiring crews to undertake significant work after the fire was extinguished.
An adjacent home suffered some exterior heat damage.
Fire companies and first aid squads from the area responded to the scene. There were no reported injuries.