A New Jersey brush fire that damaged dozens of structures earlier this week and critically injured a firefighter was intentionally set, officials said.
The wildland fire started Sunday afternoon in Lakewood. It was 100% contained about 24 hours later after burning 167 acres, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service said.
At least 29 homes and buildings were damaged, ABC Philadelphia station WPVI reported. Several outbuildings, fences, boats and a car also were destroyed, the fire service said.
A firefighter suffered cardiac arrest while responding to the fire and remains hospitalized in stable condition, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said Friday afternoon.
Authorities have not identified a cause of the fire.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Sgt. Thomas Haskell of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027, extension 3953.
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