Multiple Brick Township fire companies responded to a fire that broke out at Green Cove Marina, located on Division Street off Princeton Avenue, on Thursday afternoon.
The fire broke out on a utility pole toward the rear of the marina facility. The flames then spread to some brush nearby, leading to a plume of smoke rising from the marina and blowing west toward Route 70. The video from this story was captured by a Shorebeat reporter by boat.
Kevin Batzel, chief of the Brick Township Bureau of Fire Safety, said a 25-foot-by-75-foot area was affected by the fire. A JCP&L crew had been working on the transformer on the pole earlier in the day, and the wires arced when it was re-energized, he said. That fire then sparked a brush fire in the nearby grasses.
Fortunately, the electric utility was still on scene and was able to de-energize the transformer so the fire could be put out.
“They de-energized everything and they’re now going to be repairing it again,” Batzel said.
Damage was limited to the pole itself, and JCP&L crews could be seen beginning to take over from firefighters after about 30 minutes. By that time, flames were no longer visible and the fire was out.
Batzel said Laurelton Fire Company led the firefighting effort and Fire District No. 2 was called out.