Tucketon Man Dies In Fire At Village On The Green Apartments

Fire ruled accidental, caused by a cigarette, authorities said

by Patricia A. Miller

A 74-year-old Tuckerton man perished in a fire today, despite the efforts of police and firefighters to save him, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said.

The fire broke out around 10:48 a.m. at the complex at 500 East Main Street. Tuckerton Police Sgt. Chris Anderson forced his way into the apartment, but was beaten back by heavy smoke and fire, Coronato and Tuckerton Police Chief Michael Caputo said in a release.

Members of the Tuckerton Fire Department arrived shortly after and were able to remove Andrew Koralja, 74, from the apartment, Coronato said.

Koralja - the lone resident in the apartment - was taken to Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, where he was pronounced dead, he said.

Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Tuckerton Police Department, in conjunction with members of the Ocean County Fire Marshal's Office, the Ocean County Sheriff's Department CIU and the New Jersey State Fire Marshall’s Office determined that the fire was accidental in nature and was caused by a discarded cigarette, Coronato said.  

The Tuckerton, West Tuckerton, Eagleswood and Mystic Islands fire departments responded, along with the Great Bay EMS Squad.

Tuckerton Fire Department
West Tuckerton Fire Department
Eagleswood Fire Department
Mystic Islands Fire Department

Also responding to the scene  were members of the Great Bay EMS Squad.


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