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Duty Calls: The Claus' Tour of Barnegat Cut Short For Some Due to Fire

St. Nick and Mrs. Claus were escorted around the township during the past few weekends by Barnegat Fire Company, Station 11.

Some members of the Barnegat Fire Company Station 11 had to cut short their escort of Santa and Mrs. Claus last night, because their fire truck was needed on the scene of a fire at 17 Schooner Avenue.

Fire Company President Gary Brown told Patch the company were just about finishing up their last tour of the township with the famous couple, just before 8 p.m. when a call came in for a fire in the garage area of a house at that location.

Although he said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said it was believed to have started in the garbage. Brown said the fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries.

"Santa continued with the rest of his route, but we had a response truck that was escorting him that was diverted. On every run, we had a response truck with people who had gear on, just in case something like this happened," Brown said, who added the company's newest truck (pictured above) was used to respond.

During the Clauses' first tour of the township two weekends ago, Township Committeeman Len Morano noted children lined up to see and get photos with the famous couple.

Karen Cavell December 01, 2012 at 05:58 PM
My favorite thing about living in Barnegat!!
Charles J. Giles December 02, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Karen I agree. Thank You Station 11 for doing this. Great Job by All. Happy Holidays and God Bless you all for what you do for us.
Mike Howard December 07, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I live near the Firehouse and love the events that they have. Great job by Mr. and Mrs. Claus. No one does it better then them. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all
Sandra Kellogg December 07, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I hope lots of those living on or by the streets and 'main thoroughfares' that Santa and Mrs. Claus pass by will take the time to get out of their houses and wave and greet the Claus couple!
Rick December 07, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Well they should have plenty of time to do that. You can hear the procession coming blocks away.
Jacqueline Ferrara December 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Hey Sandy, my youngest is 21 and who ever is home on the day he rides by, we all still get out there. Oh yeah, and Santa still throws candy too. Yum, Yum
Charles J. Giles December 16, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Barnegat Fire Co. No. 1 always at the ready. Thank you for always being there for the residents on Barnegat. I am sure Santa will bring you all something extra special!
Laura Thompson December 16, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Love our town! Happy holidays everyone. Is that a rainbow in the distance in the photo? I am viewing it from my phone and cant tell
zubkogladys December 16, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I agree ..thank you
Mike Howard December 16, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Merry Christmas Laura. That Rainbow was caused by the mist from the Fire Truck.
Laura Guider Marriott December 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I love the parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus. It's one of the things that makes Barnegat so special. I look forward to it every year.

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