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Owners of Fire-Ravaged Lake Como Home Host ‘Thank-You’ for First Responders, Others Who Helped in Time of Need

Teresa and Tom Meehan greet their guests at Bar Anticipation where the Lake Como couple hosted a thank-you gathering for those who have helped them during and after fire struck their Ripley Lane home. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Belmar First Assistant Fire Chief Brad Child, right, and Second Assistant Chief Steve Hudson attend the “Thanking Our Heroes” gathering hosted by the Meehans, whose Lake Como home was ravaged by fire. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Teresa Meehan of Lake Como, left, chats with Neptune City contractor Stephan Mieloch and his wife, Melissa, during a special "Thanking Our Heroes" event hosted by the Meehans at Bar Anticipation. Credits: Cathy Goetz

LAKE COMO, NJ — Tom and Teresa Meehan threw a special kind of party at Bar Anticipation yesterday afternoon. They thanked the many first-responders, neighbors, friends and others who helped them in their greatest time of need — when a fire devastated their Lake Como home last month.

“This is just above and beyond for (the Meehans) to do something as nice like this,” said Steve Hudson, second assistant chief of the Belmar Fire Department, who was among the firefighters who battled that Ripley Lane blaze on a bitterly cold and blustery evening.

But it was because of the actions of Hudson and his fellow first-responders that prompted the Meehans to host the four-hour “Thanking Our Heroes” gathering on February 10, where dozens of invited individuals enjoyed a buffet-styled dinner, drink and live entertainment.

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For more than four hours on January 5, firefighters from Belmar’s three fire companies — Union Fire Co., Goodwill Hose Fire Co. and Volunteer Hook & Ladder Fire Co. — were on the scene, along with fire companies from Spring Lake, Wall, Neptune and Neptune City. Belmar First Aid Squad also responded, making sure that the Meehans and their adult daughter were uninjured after escaping with their three dogs from the burning structure.

On that day, Teresa called 9-1-1 on 4:02 p.m. after smelling smoke from the second floor of their 110-year-old sprawling home that is the former Hollycroft Inn — a longtime landmark that sits on a hill overlooking Lake Como.

Now the home sits vacant and boarded up as the Meehans await word from their insurance company to determine whether it can be restored to its former beauty and charm, according to Tom Meehan. Since the structure was constructed like a log cabin, much of the chinking — the material between the logs — was destroyed during the fire, he explained.

“We’ll have to see what we’re going to be able to do,” Tom Meehan said, pointing out they will always have those unparalleled views of picturesque Lake Como when they are finally able to return home.

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