RED BANK: SPEAKEASY ON ZONING AGENDA

21-23 broad red bank The former Agostino antique store space at 21 Broad Street, vacant for seven years, is the site of a proposed food market and ‘speakeasy.’ (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njOn Thursday’s Red Bank busy zoning board agenda: a proposal for a downtown food market and speakeasy, plus a plan to build a new house on the site of a devastating fire, and changes outside the Two River Theater.

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RED BANK: PREPARING FOR THE NEXT ONE

Three days after a raging fire that destroyed a home and injured five people, including four firefighters just one block away, members of the Red Bank volunteer fire and first aid squads conducted a previously scheduled training exercise simulating multiple emergencies Sunday.

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RED BANK: HOUSE RAZED, BOOTS STOLEN

The morning after a tenacious fire Thursday, 16 Leonard Street in Red Bank was reduced to a pile of rubble, having been ordered demolished by borough officials.

Meanwhile, an unidentified Sea Bright firefighter who responded to the blaze was looking for a pair of work boots said to have been stolen from his truck on Bridge Avenue, allegedly by the man in the blue Volvo, at right.

A posting about the theft on the Sea Bright Fire Rescue Facebook page could not be immediately verified by redbankgreen

UPDATE to original post: The Red Bank Business Alliance took up a collection that quickly raised $150 to replace the stolen workboots, member Alan Placer tells redbankgreen. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: FIVE INJURED IN DOGGED BLAZE

The front of the house was ablaze when passerby Paul McCue shot this video. Authorities said the fire appears to have started on the front porch. Below, the house after the fire. (Video by Paul McCue. Photo below by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Four volunteer firefighters and one resident suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a house fire that officials called one of the most challenging in recent Red Bank history Thursday.

By early evening, with heavy equipment standing by to demolish the burned hulk of 16 Leonard Street, fire officials had made a preliminary determination that a cigarette or something similar ignited the front porch, triggering the blaze.

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RED BANK: MAN INJURED FLEEING HOUSE FIRE

Firefighters can be heard crying “get out” before truck horns signal the same message as the resurgent fire tears through the second floor. Below, a firefighter at a second-floor window earlier in the effort. (Video and photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

At least one man was said to have been injured jumping out a second-story window to escape a fire that destroyed a Red Bank home Thursday afternoon.

The blaze, at 16 Leonard Street, just east of Bridge Avenue, proved a tough challenge to volunteer firefighters, who were forced to flee the home’s interior when a situation that appeared to be under control turned into a resurgent inferno.

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