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Garage Fire in Lower Township

LOWER TOWNSHIP, NJ (November 27, 2017) --The Lower Township Police Department received a 911 call reporting a structure fire located on the 200 block of Lennox Avenue, in the Fishing Creek section of Lower Township, on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at approximately 5:20 a.m.

Upon arrival, officers observed the detached garage fully engulfed in flames. Fire crews from Station 60 - Villas, Station 61 - Townbank and Station 62 – Erma, arrived quickly and were able to contain the fire to only the garage. There was minor heat damage to the vinyl siding on the residence; however, the detached garage suffered serious damage.

The Lower Township Rescue Squad also remained on standby as the fire crews extinguished the remaining flames. Several motor vehicles were either damaged or destroyed by the fire as well. Lennox Avenue was temporarily closed to through traffic, while first responders worked on scene.

The cause of the fire appeared to be a faulty chimney coming from a small woodstove in the garage. The investigation was conducted by Lower Township Patrolman Lou Bartleson, with the assistance from the Cape May County Fire Marshal's office.