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IN LITTLE SILVER, A MOUNTAIN OF SADNESS

Members of Little Silver’s Loftus family, who lost their Carriage House Lane home in a December 10 fire, poke through the rubble in search of mementos after a demolition crew tore down the remains of the 120-year-old structure Thursday morning. The family was reported to have lost all their photographs and videos in the blaze. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER FIRE VICTIMS SEEK MEMENTOS

ls-fire-2-121011The Loftus home, on Carriage Lane, during last Saturday’s fire. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Their lives were spared, and for that they are grateful. Their home, a 120-year-old exemplar of Victorian architecture, was destroyed, but insurance will provide for another home.

The loss that’s hardest to accept, Donna and Joe Loftus say, is that of the photo and video evidence of their four children’s lives. All of it went up in smoke when their Little Silver home burned to the ground last Saturday.

In a letter to community members, district schools Superintendent Carolyn Kossack writes:

The greatest loss experienced by the Loftus family is not one on which they can place monetary value. Rather, it is the emotional loss of their mementos. Mr. and Mrs. Loftus lost all of their pictures and videos of their four children, Brendan, 5th grade, Meg, a junior at RBR, and their two college students Patrick and Elizabeth. They lost all of the childrenÂ’s school records and special projects and cards that parents keep forever.

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BLAZE DESTROYS LITTLE SILVER MANSION

ls-fire-121011The main level of the 1982 structure was fully involved when emergency responders arrived on the scene. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A runaway fire started by holiday candles destroyed a 120-year-old mansion in Little Silver Saturday afternoon.

Two hours after the 1:16 p.m. alarm, firefighters from a wide swath of northeastern Monmouth County had yet to stop the blaze, at 28 Carriage House Lane, just off Silverside Avenue.

One volunteer firefighter suffered a health issue that did not require treatment, and no injuries were reported, said police Chief Dan Shaffery.

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