Police Chief Joe McGovern told redbankgreen no one was in the house at the time. A contractor working outside smelled smoke and called it in at the same time an alarm was triggered inside, he said.
Though flames were not visible from outside, firefighters could be seen attacking the source of white and gray smoke on the roof of a one-story sunroom overlooking the Navesink River. The fire appeared to have been doused by 4:30 p.m.
McGovern said the fire, which appeared to be electrical in origin, started in the basement and traveled through a wall to the kitchen and second floor. The house sustained significant smoke and water damage, he said.
The white clapboard Colonial mansion, accessible via a narrow lane, is owned by a limited liability company of which Thomas G. Labrecque is the general partner, according to a New Jersey business filing.
In addition to borough volunteers, firefighters from Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright and Tinton Falls responded.
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