responded to a structure fire in the downtown area at about 1:20 p.m
Flames and thick smoke were billowing from the building, which prompted the evacuation of nearby businesses.
A General Alarm was hit out and firefighters from all of Lakewood’s Fire Companies responded, as well as mutual aid from surrounding Townships. An MCI truck from Brick responded as well.
The cause of the fire is under investiagtion by the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office.
There are no reports of injuries at this time.
Clifton Avenue is shut between 1st and 4th Streets, and access to those streets is restricted as well.
UPDATE 5:05 PM. Most of the downtown streets have been reopened.
The business, a restaurant, was left severely damaged. Nearby business also suffered smoke and water damage. [TLS]