The storage container holding many of Ray Murdock and his girlfriend's possessions after floodwaters from Sandy damaged their 11th Avenue Ship Bottom home was still in the driveway yesterday morning, as a blaze ripped through it around 8 a.m. today.
Although police and fire officials were still determining a cause for the blaze earlier today, Murdock said the fire started in the kitchen area.
Murdock said the home has been undergoing extensive repairs from Sandy, including the most recent installation of new subfloor. He motioned to the house, noting it contained photos that had been replacements for the same photos that were ruined during Sandy.
Murdock said that although no one was home at the time of the fire, officials were able to locate and save - using a donated oxygen mask - their family dog, who was seeing a veterinarian this morning following her ordeal.
Police and fire crews from Ship Bottom, Surf City, Beach Haven, High Point, Barnegat Light and Stafford Township responded, as well as officials from the Ocean County Fire Marshal's office.