HOWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ – A home on Alex Drive in the Borough of Farmingdale was completely destroyed in a fully engulfed fire Wednesday afternoon.
Howell Police Chief Andrew Kudrick said all occupants of the home were able to escape unharmed.
With the intensity of the fire, firefighters and police officers did what they could to contain the fire from spreading to other homes.
“Sadly, today a family lost their home. Fortunately, everyone was able to escape. The neighbor across the street realized the house was on fire and ran over and alerted the residents who were not aware the entire exterior front of their house was ablaze,” Chief Kudrick said.
Kudrick said as firefighters fought the main fire, several Howell police officers grabbed their fire extinguishers from their vehicles, garden hoses from other homes and booster lines from additional arriving fire trucks and got to work assisting neighbors as they attempted to put out smaller fires around their houses.
The blaze was so intense the woods caught on fire, a shed and fence two houses down began to burn.
“While the main house was a complete loss, other houses were saved,” Kudricj added. “It was a collaborative effort amongst all of us. Residents, firefighters and police working together to help each other. We are all committed to community.”