BELMAR, NJ Fire officials were unable to determine the final cause of an early-morning house fire that severely damaged the home at 1708 B Street in Belmar on April 6, as well as left one resident with significant injuries.

However, their investigation revealed the improper or careless use of candles, or improperly discarded smoking material could not be ruled out as a cause, according to Belmar Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea, who was assisted by Monmouth County Fire Marshal Office, Belmar Police Department and the Monmouth County.

Meanwhile, the male occupant of the home who sustained undisclosed injuries has been released from the St. Barnabas Burn Center in Livingston. He was among three residents evacuated from the structure, when Belmar police and fire departments responded to the fire call at 1:40 a.m., finding heavy smoke coming from the rear of the building.

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The second-alarm fire was quickly extinguished by companies operating on scene — led by the Belmar Fire Department and assisted by fire departments from Avon-by-the-Sea, Spring Lake, Sea Girt, Neptune City and Wall’s Glendola Fire Company. The Spring Lake Heights Fire Department provided station coverage while units operated at the scene.

The two-bedroom, one-bath dwelling, built in 1940, is owned by Louis Mandia, according to Monmouth County tax records.

 Dullea reminds residents to check to make sure their smoke detectors are in working order, and in the event of a possible or an actual fire, do not hesitate to dial 9-1-1 and evacuate immediately.

He also reminds residents that the borough offers National Fire Protection Association home safety inspections free of charge. For more information, call the Belmar Fire Marshal Office at 732-681-3700, ext. 239.

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