Firefighters in Toms River battled a blaze in a wood-frame home at 1750 Old Freehold Road at about 9:17 a.m. Monday morning, rescuing four dogs in the process.
There was nobody home at the time firefighters arrived at the home, according to police spokesman Ralph Stocco. A citizen alerted authorities to the blaze, Stocco said, and firefighters arrived to see a heavy smoke condition and flames coming from the rear of the home.
The fire was placed under control at 10:14 a.m.
Initial reports are that a wood burning stove may have been the origination of the fire, however it is still under investigation by Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention and The Toms River Police Department Detective Bureau, said Stocco.
The Pleasant Plains, Silverton, East Dover, and Toms River Companies # 1 and #2 responded. Stocco said authorities were still on scene at about 10:45 a.m.