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Fatal Berkeley Township Fire Ruled Accidental

Berkeley Township


By: Yuritza Arroyo

Ocean County authorities announced that on May 10, at approximately 1:30 p.m., multiple fire companies from the Berkeley Township area were dispatched to a structure fire on Tortola Street in Berkeley Township.

According to officials, during the course of fire suppression efforts, a 59-year-old male victim was discovered on the floor in the residence.

Officials say the victim was transported to RWJ Community Medical Center in Toms River, where he later succumbed to his injuries.


A thorough investigation conducted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit- Arson Squad, Ocean County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Berkeley Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Berkeley Township Bureau of Fire Prevention determined that the fire originated on a recliner in the living room of the residence, and that cause of the fire was accidental due to smoking.