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Fire That Broke Out During HVAC Work Blamed for Brick Townhome Fire

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

A fire that broke out during HVAC work being performed at a townhome on Primrose Lane in Brick led to the destruction of the unit and minor damage to two neighboring units, fire officials said.

The fire broke out at 9:40 a.m. while HVAC work was being performed in one of the room of the unit at 83 Primrose Lane, said Kevin Batzel, Director of the Brick Township Bureau of Fire Prevention.

The contractor working at the home had apparently accidentally ignited material within the wall of the unit, which then spread to the attic, Batzel said.

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The unit was declared uninhabitable, but beside some minor water and exterior damage to two neighboring units, was contained to the one household.

“The firewalls held up fantastically,” said Batzel.

The units were outfitted with masonry firewalls, which is no longer common in construction.

There were no injuries in the fire. The townhome was occupied by one resident, Batzel said.