Arrival video: Historic home turned into office building burns in Tom’s River, NJ

Early video from TomsRiver FireAcademy during a fire around 4:00 Tuesday morning in Tom’s River, New Jersey. Burning is an office building that the video description says was built in 1868 and was the home of Sea Captain Amos Birdsall.

Thanks to Roman Isaryk Jr. for alerting to this video.

Alex N. Gecan,

The fire that ripped through a Washington Street office building did so much damage that inspectors had to tear it down to render it safe, officials said Wednesday.

At 6 a.m. Tuesday, fully two hours after firefighters first arrived at 236 Washington St., small spots of flame were still licking at what remained of the roof. Dozens of firefighters were still milling around the smoldering three-story building. Two ladders stretched over the gutted frame. Firefighters continued to spray water from the front and rear of the building. A thick smell of burning wood and vinyl hung in the air.

Toms River Fire Department District Chief John Gonzalez said nobody had been inside the building when it ignited but that one firefighter had suffered a bloody nose after getting hit with water during the attack on the flames.

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