Four boats were destroyed and
two others damaged in a fire Monday morning at the
Shark River Marina in Neptune.
of the pleasure boats, which were destroyed, belonged
to Harry Conover, emergency management coordinator for
the county. Another pleasure boat, which was also
destroyed, was owned by Edward Kirchenbaum, chief of
detectives at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s
Police Lt. Drew LaFrance said the police
responded to a call shortly before 6:30 am that there
was smoke coming from a boat in the Marina near 200
South Concourse Avenue.
responding officer saw a 21 foot
boat on fire
and the fire spread to three other boats, Lt. Lafrance
said. One of the three boats, a 36 footer, somehow
started itself and pulled out of the slip while it was on
fire, LaFrance said.
boat ran into another boat and damaged it,
LaFrance reported. He said the boat finally came
to a stop when the Coast Guard pushed it towards land
and it finally beached itself.
total, four boats were completely destroyed by fire,
one suffered major damage but is still repairable, and
one boat incurred minor damage.
were no injuries reported.
said that when he arrived at the scene at about 7 a.m.
the fires had all been extinguished by local fire
responding to the scene were the Shark River Hills Fire
Company, Unexcelled Fire Company (Neptune), Liberty Fire
Company (Neptune), Neptune and Ocean Grove 1st aid squads,
the Neptune Office of Emergency Management, the New Jersey
State Police Marine Division, and the Coast Guard.
said the cause of the fire is unknown so far, but that
the New Jersey State Police Marine Division, the
Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, and the Coast Guard
are all investigating the incident.
other boat owners whose vessels were involved in the
fire were James Kenny, Pat Armstrong and John Aravecz.