Fire Guts Toms River Town Homes, Child Among Two Injured. (2024)

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Toms River, NJ — A significant fire early this morning at the Mariners Cove townhome complex prompted a rapid response from the Silverton Volunteer Fire Department and several other local fire units. The incident occurred around 3:20 AM, with firefighters arriving to find two units fully engulfed in flames and the fire spreading to adjacent units.

An initial scare regarding an adult male who was reported unaccounted for was resolved when he was found safe outside the burning structures.

The fire injured two civilians—one adult and one juvenile—who suffered burns and smoke inhalation and were taken to the hospital for treatment. Additionally, three firefighters sustained minor injuries while combating the blaze, with two treated for minor burns and released from the hospital.

Responding units from Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department, East Dover Fire Company, Toms River Fire Company #1 and #2, Ocean Beach Volunteer Fire Company, and Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company were crucial in controlling the fire quickly, which helped limit the damage significantly. Despite their efforts, approximately 10 residents have been displaced, and six housing units were deemed unsafe by the Toms River Building Department, with two suffering severe damage.

The cause of the fire appears accidental and is linked to the failure of energized electrical equipment within the primary affected unit. The Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention, the Toms River Police Department, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Arson Squad, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit are conducting further investigations.

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The Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention has praised all emergency personnel’s swift and effective actions, acknowledging their role in preventing further damage and loss. For more information, the community is encouraged to contact the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention.

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    Murder Suspect, Girlfriend Shared Intimate Encounter While Barricaded, Shooting at Police

    TOMS RIVER, NJ - Sources within law enforcement today have confirmed that Maxwell Johnston, the fugitive murder suspect who killed himself after a tense standoff with police officers in Toms River, was with another woman inside a Toms River home before police entered the house.

    According to the reliable source, the woman was a girlfriend of Johnston, and the pair reportedly published their final intimate moments together on Instagram before his self-inflicted demise. The woman, who was later seen being taken away by ambulance, was reportedly injured after a police teargas canister struck her in the head.

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    Johnston reportedly fired multiple shots at police and U.S. Marshals Service agents before police entered the home to find him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Officials believe Mascarelli knew Johnston was a fugitive wanted for the murder of a 25-year-old mother from Seaside Heights, Gabriella M. Caroleo. Caroleo was found shot dead near the intersection of Route 571 and Route 547 in Manchester Thursday evening shortly before 5:00 pm on June 27th. Mascarelli was also from Seaside Heights.

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    It is not known whether or not Mascarelli will be charged for her role in today's standoff. She has an extensive criminal arrest record.

    Toms River officials have refused to comment on this report, and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office is expected to release a press release shortly.

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