The volunteer fire companies from Oceanville and Bayview responded to South Snake Road in the Oceanville section on August 14, 2017, for a structure fire after neighbors called 911 after hearing an explosion. Oceanville Chief John Mooney arrived and established command. Heavy fire was showing through the roof, front windows and door of a two-story, wood frame, single-family dwelling. Firefighters deployed two lines from the first due Oceanville engine; one to the front door and one to the rear. A FAST team was requested from Pomona and, because there were no hydrants in the area, water tenders from the Germania and the City of Port Republic. Firefighters worked for several hours on all four sides to bring the fire under control. Once firefighters were able to enter the structure, two cats were found deceased. Rehab was set up for firefighters because of the high temperatures. Also responding were Galloway EMS, Galloway Police, Atlantic County Prosecutor Investigators, Atlantic City Electric Company and Galloway Township Fire Department Chief Rick Smith.
– Fire News photos by Ken Badger