Firefighters rescued four dogs from residential blaze in Toms River Monday morning, a police official announced.
Emergency crews arriving at 1714 Old Freehold Road found a heavy smoke condition and flames shooting from the rear of the structure, according to Ralph Stocco, a Toms River Police Department spokesman. The fire was under control by 10:14 a.m., he said.
The residents were not home during the fire, but four dogs escaped uninjured after firefighters entered the structure, Stocco said.
While initial reports indicate that a wood burning stove may have been the origin of the fire, the cause is still under investigation by the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention and the Toms River Police Department Detective Bureau.
Responding fire agencies included Pleasant Plains, Silverton, East Dover, and Toms River Companies #1 and #2.