A Belmar home's second story burned overnight as fire crews responded to the blaze, under control before midnight Friday.
The fire had Belmar Fire fighters using ladder trucks to extinguish the flames toward the front of the home on the 400 block of 14th Avenue, with Avon and West Belmar providing mutual aid.
First responders arrived to a working fire with heavy smoke conditions out of the second story window, and erected ladders from the ground with a ladder truck providing access above the roof.
Monmouth County fire officials are investigating the fire, which was contained to the one structure and believed to have originated in the front second floor of the single-family home.
Belmar Police, Belmar Fire, West Belmar, Avon and Monmouth County fire officials responded and remained on the scene after midnight as overhaul and ventilation were underway.
— Report by Paul Spennrath