FREDON — A fire tore through a township home Monday night, leaving a gaping hole in the roof.
The fire was reported at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Monday evening at a 2,400-square-foot, single-family home on Roy Road owned by Steven Lepore.
Fredon Fire Chief Brian Bassett said that there was no one inside the home when the fire broke out.
One neighbor said his wife was outside cooking on the grill, unaware of the fire until several fire companies responded to the blaze.
Neighbors gathered in the middle of the cul-de-sac the house is located on, asking each other if they knew what happened.
No one had any answers except that no one was injured.
As flames burned through the roof of the two-story home, firefighters used a hose mounted on top of a ladder to extinguish the fire from above. Tanker trucks from several municipal fire departments brought in water and deposited it in a basin to be pumped through the hoses and sprayed on the house. The chilly evening temperature — about 39 degrees — did not hamper the fire-fighting effort.
By 6:30 p.m. the fire was under control, with no flames visible from the exterior of the home.
Fredon Emergency Squad personnel said that no one had been injured as of 7:30 p.m.
Fredon, Newton, Stillwater, Hampton, Swartswood, Andover Township, Byram, and Green Fire Departments responded along with Fredon, Lakeland, Stillwater and Allamuchy-Green Emergency Squads.
Bassett said the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Sussex County Fire Marshal.
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