Authorities are working to determine the cause of an early Sunday morning blaze that consumed a house in the Leisure Knoll section of Manchester Township.
Manchester Police Department Sgt. Mazza and Ofcs. Guarino, O’Hara, Walaszek, and Chant responded to 5 Newbury Row around 2:00 a.m. and observed smoke and flames already coming through the roof, police said in a release.
They determined that the lone resident was outside of the dwelling, according to the release. In addition, several nearby houses were evacuated due to blowing embers.
Manchester Police Investigations Bureau Det. Hemhauser, Ocean County Fire Marshal Harry Roon, and the Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Arthur Abline responded to investigate and assist with the incident.
The cause and origin of the fire is unknown, and the case is actively being investigated, police said.
Fire Departments from Manchester, Whiting, Ridgeway, Joint Base, Cassville, and Whitesville responded to extinguish the fire. Manchester First Aid and Quality Medical Transport assessed the resident as a precaution measure, although there were no reported injuries.