Police & Fire

Early Morning Fire in Belmar Rips through Two Homes, Damages a Third

Pictured here is the burnt shell of the 114-year-old home on 10th Avenue in Belmar that was destroyed by fire at about 12:45 a.m. today. The house at right was also destroyed. Credits: Matthew Doherty
By early this afternoon, the shore colonial home in the 300 block of 10th Avenue, Belmar, had been reduced to rubble. Credits: Cathy Goetz
The radiant heat from the 10th Avenue home fire in Belmar then destroyed the neighboring home, which also is set for demolition. Credits: Cathy Goetz

BELMAR, NJ — Two 10th Avenue homes were destroyed today when an early-morning fire ripped through one home and then spread to the neighboring structure.

No one was injured in the five-alarm blaze, which started at about 12:45 a.m. in the first home, located in the 300 block of 10th Avenue.

Mark Luckasavage and his wife, Dianne, owners of the house where the fire originated, said they were sleeping in an upstairs bedroom when they were awakened by the fire alarm. They were able to escape their 114-year-old shore colonial-style home unharmed with their two dogs.

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The radiant heat from the fire then spread to the adjacent home on the east side, and also damaged the home on the west side of the first home, said Mayor Matthew Doherty. Both those homes date back to 1925, according to property records.

The fire is under investigation but is not considered suspicious, Doherty said. Fire companies from Belmar, Avon-by-the-Sea, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights and the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township responded to the call, he said.

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