FIRE DESTROYS VACANT RUMSON HOME

The house was fully engaged when police arrived around 10:25 p.m. (Photo above courtesy of Matt Daiter; below, courtesy of Sea Bright Fire Department. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fire swept through a vacant one-story house under reconstruction in Rumson Wednesday night.

“It was pretty much a ‘surround-and-drown,'” fire Chief Kevin McCarthy tells redbankgreen. “The house is a total loss.”

The fire was reported at 10:23 p.m., McCarthy said, and police arrived to find the house “already had fire through the roof.”

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“FRESH LOOK, FRESH IDEAS” AT OCEANIC

oceanic-libLolly Ekdahl, Debra Williams and Nanette Reis at the newly renovated Oceanic Free Library in Rumson. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The unassuming building at the corner of Ridge Road and Avenue of Two Rivers, with its boxy, fire-red brick facade and smallish patch of pavement for visitor parking, doesn’t quite do its innards justice.

Especially nowadays.

Perhaps you’ve blown past it on your way to burger night at the Fromagerie, or you’re a snowbird who hasn’t stopped in for a while. It might be hard to figure this is a place where you can read an autographed print version of Benito Mussolini’s autobiography — under supervision — or a digitized bio of Il Duce on a Kindle. Or a place to buy locally-made jewelry and student art. Or to take a laptop and pull in free wi-fi while you watch sleepy Rumson go by.

This is the revamped and renovated Oceanic Free Library, fresh off a multi-month overhaul.

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