UPDATE: Ship Bottom Fire That Destroyed Law Offices Ruled Accidental

Fire apparently began in a cigarette receptacle outside the building

by Patricia A. Miller

A preliminary investigation into the blaze that ripped through a law office in Ship Bottom Monday has been deemed accidental, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said.

The structural fire started outside the offices of Shackleton and Hazeltine, at 2119 Long Beach Boulevard on Monday afternoon, in a cigarette receptacle, said Capt. Jack Sramaty.

The Ocean County Fire Marshal's Office and investigators will still on the scene this morning and will make the final determination as to the cause of the fire, he said.

If they uncover anything of a criminal nature, the Prosecutor's Office will also step in, Sramaty said.

Area roadways were closed and motorists were warned to expect delays throughout the area Monday afternoon.  Fire personnel set up a draft to funnel water out of the bay.

Long Beach Boulevard was shut down in both directions near the fire scene. Traffic south was backed up to Beach Haven at the height of the fire.

Mac July 09, 2014 at 02:47 PM
yo Grunt - so many posting attempts this morning, yet so little to show for it - congratulations on getting all three letters of mac capitalized though
Grunt July 09, 2014 at 03:32 PM
I see how you win your arguments. Cute. I bet your mommy is proud.
Mac July 09, 2014 at 04:17 PM
I sure think so Grunt. She always believed in stating your case up front. You should try it. Maybe your mommy will be proud too. Btw, in order to win an argument there has to be two sides presented. I represented mine and you called me names with imagined premises as your support. I've been notified each time you put up a post but it's been deleted before it can be read. Your only addition has been a repeat name calling assault. I hope you can do better. You are acting like Rush Limbaugh.
Grunt July 09, 2014 at 06:36 PM
My posts keep getting deleted. Not sure what's going on here.


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