148 Bay Ave Burned Down


You may remember 148 from the closed business tour a few weeks ago.

It looks like the home next door and Fresh sustained some collateral damage from the heat.

18 thoughts on “148 Bay Ave Burned Down

  1. Jen

    And we’re all SHOCKED, I’m sure, that it has been torn down already. I’m sure there was a thorough investigation into the cause. I wonder if they have all their permits and inspections all in a row. :/

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    1. highlandsblog Post author

      According to app no interior investigation of cause was conducted because the building had been deemed unsafe due to the roof of the building had collapsed years ago. The Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office has declared the cause to be undetermined.

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    2. NoLongerNew

      I just read that article this morning. How is it that Highlands allows that kind of dilapidated structure to remain in town???

      And how many more are there??? If there were no utilities, what could have sparked that fire?

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    1. Barbara Iannucci

      Unfortunately when you dismiss code enforcement as a priority in town … And final inspections are blindly waived depending on a good ‘ol boy network … Well, fires and other hazards will increase placing other owners at a high risk and in harms way.

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    1. rockemsockem

      Cynical or Realistic? Your delusional if you believe that lack of code enforcement is not directly related to fires like this and it’s a shame the people who rebuilt and are near these structures need to be concerned about being collateral damage.

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    2. NoLongerNew

      Nope. Not cynical. Look at the town – there are plenty of abandoned properties. There are numerous accidents just waiting to happen: people breaking in & setting fires to keep warm. With neighbors gone there’s few people keeping an eye on things. People haven’t made repairs and there could be an electrical fire. Some people might feel hopeless and desperate.

      And given the speed with which the building was demolished we might never know the cause.

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    3. Barbara Iannucci

      I was dead serious. No cynicism intended. I guarantee Fresh owner would be the first to support having code enforcement as a priority.

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  2. Carolyn

    This is really sad.  We haven’t had a fire in town in ages and now 2 in a month.  So glad no one was hurt this time.

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  3. rockemsockem

    I read it was one of the firefighter’s families building. I do feel sorry for this family’s loss but I also wonder if code enforcement overlooked because of this?

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  4. Jodi Ventimiglia

    Just a reminder. 3 feet from the burning building were two apartments. Bottom was family of Andys Shore Bar. Top was a young family with 3 babies. All of which could not get back into their homes until the structure was completely demolished and made safe. They will never be the same. What should be discusses here is how thankful we are for what an amazing fire dept. we have and how the surrounding depts came to such a fast aide. This couldve had the potential to be catastrophic but our Volunteer fire dept and the fast reactions of Officer Rob Burton (once again) stopped this roaring fire in its tracks. Also, this town has had more fires in the past 4 years then as far back as Im alive. I for one and extremely thankful for the outcome of this horrible situation.

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    1. rockemsockem

      I’m a supporter of both firefighters and police that is why this is an important issue to discuss as they will continue to be put in harms way if these conditions keep being ignored and continue to exist. I don’t know why anybody would not support not only protecting residents & businesses along with the people whose job is to have to go into these hazardous situations. Our mayoral candidates all campaigned on code enforcement yet not much has changed. Lets hold our elected officials to their word!

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    2. NoLongerNew

      I fully support our first responders. But I hate that the lack of code enforcement has put them in harm’s way.

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  5. duncan mccleod

    OK we all know how great the fire dept. is. And even if we didnt know we are constantly reminded over and over and over again………..

    Secondly, I love it when people tell you what you should be discussing. I think its very relevent that a building could be collapsed, “several years now”, and the town does zip about it!!! Perhaps is they did there would be less derelict buildings to burn down in the first place and be a danger and fire hazard.

    Third, Hmmmmmmmmmmm building been sitting vacant and unsafe for years, then mysteriously, for no particular reason burns down at 3 AM. Nothing suspicious there!!!

    And yes, I think we will be seeing many more of these type situations like this in the future as it is a simple way out of having to deal with rising taxes, requirements for lifting and bringing a building up to code, etc.

    It would be interesting to know if there was insurance on the building etc. If not, once again, nice for the town to leave such a hazard in the middle of the business dist. totally unaddressed like forever!!!! so tons of fire fodder all over the town.

    We have to hope that no one gets hurt when there are more of these situations and that the whole town doesnt burn down!!!!

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