Fire officials are investigating a blaze that broke out late Friday evening at the Toms River Fire Academy in Toms River.
The fire caused significant damage to the burn building, where students learn how to deal with actual fire conditions, Ocean County Fire Marshal Dan Mulligan told the Asbury Park Press.
The burn building is attached to the smoke house, an area that offers a simulated smoke filled environment, on the west side, according to the institution’s website.
“The [burn building] is constructed of paginate walls and ceiling and is utilized by fire fighters. It is a controlled combustible environment to allow fire fighters to learn proper techniques of interior fire fighting,” the website states.
Training was not underway when the fire ignited, and there were no injuries, according to the report.
Located on Church Road in the municipality, the Toms River Fire Academy is one of three state approved fire training facilities in Ocean County.