BELMAR, NJ — The cause of a vehicle fire at 903 13th Avenue that spread to an adjacent structure on October 24 is under investigation by the Belmar Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Belmar Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at about 4:30 p.m. and quickly suppressed the blaze in both the structure at 1303½ Route 71 and the vehicle on the property next door, according to Belmar Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea. His office is being assisted in the investigation by the Belmar Police Department, Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. 

Upon its arrival, the Belmar Fire Department reported that there was heavy fire from the vehicle, which was fully involved, and the structure. After establishing a water supply line, hand lines and ladders were deployed to the building and the bulk of the fire was knocked down, according to its Facebook page.

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An overhaul was conducted on the structure to ensure all the hot spots were extinguished, it added. 

There were no reports of injuries. 

The quick action of Mark Levis, who lives across the street from the fire scene, is being credited for initially alerting first-responders to the blaze. He said he was walking around the front of his 113thAvenue house when he saw smoke coming from the property.

“I walked across the street to take a closer look, and I saw smoke coming from the cab of the truck parked in the driveway,” he said. “I alerted the homeowner and called 911, while yelling to get everyone out of the house adjacent to the truck.”

Within seconds, the truck was ablaze and one adjacent building begin burning, Levis said. “The police and fire chief were on the scene in what seemed like a matter of seconds and the fire department was not far behind,” he said. 

Belmar’s Volunteer Hook & Ladder Co., Goodwill Hose Co. and Union Fire Co. were immediately on the scene, with mutual aid from the Spring Lake, Avon-by-the-Sea and Neptune Fire Departments, and the South Wall Fire Rescue.

“The fire departments quickly extinguished the blaze, which easily could have spread to the adjacent homes,” Levis said.

In addition, staff of the Windmill Restaurant on the corner of Routes 35 and 71 — located directly across the street from the scene of the fire — were handing out free hot dogs and bottled water to the first-responders and the family who was displaced by the fire.

“Truly outstanding work by Belmar’s finest, Belmar’s bravest and a Belmar business,” Levis said.

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