RED BANK: A FIRE DAMAGES A TWO-FAMILY HOME

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A view of the fire from the yard of a neighboring property. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A fire engulfed the second floor of a Red Bank two-family home early Monday afternoon, displacing its occupants two days after Christmas.

Volunteer firefighters on the roof and porch, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

No injuries were immediately reported in connection with the fire at 307 Shrewsbury Avenue, corner of St. Mary’s Place.

An official account of the fire, called at 1:30 p.m., and its possible cause were not immediately available. The number of displaced tenants was also unknown.

A contractor working next door, who declined to be named, said redbankgreen he heard a smoke alarm sound from the house, which he had heard several times in the past.

When it persisted, he went outside to see flames through a second story window towards the back of the house and called 911.

Only one occupant was reportedly home at the time, and he got out safe and sound, the witness said.

The home is owned by a limited liability company controlled by Hani and Melanie Salama of Hazlet, according to New Jersey business records.

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