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Barn fire at Six Flags Great Adventure Safari among numerous overnight blazes in Jackson


November 11, 2014 at 7:47 AM, updated November 11, 2014 at 8:23 AM

JACKSON -- Police are investigating whether there is a connection among several fires that broke out in town overnight Monday -- including a blaze that leveled at barn at Six Flags Great Adventure Safari, authorities said Tuesday morning.

Shortly after 6 p.m. police began receiving reports that fires were being lit in leaf piles along the sides of roads in town in various spots in the eastern section of the township. There were between six and eight separate reports of leaf fires, Sgt. John McBride said.

At 10:10 p.m., firefighters were called to Six Flags Great Adventure's Safari in the central section of town to battle a blaze at an animal barn. The barn was destroyed. No animals were hurt, McBride said.That fire appears to have started along the park's fence line, McBride said.

"We are supporting the police and fire departments with their investigation into the cause of the fire," Kristin B Siebeneicher, a park spokeswoman, said Tuesday morning.

Six Flags Great Adventure recently closed for the season and hosted a wine tasting event last weekend at the Safari Off Road Adventure, which is home to 1,200 animals, according to the park's website.

The final fire destroyed a home on Pfister Road in Jackson's western section, McBride said.

Two people, along with their pets, were removed from the blaze, which was reported around 4 a.m., McBride said.

Two police officers suffered minor injuries. They were treated and released from a local hospital, McBride said.

The causes of the fires are under investigation, McBride said.

"It's too early to tell if any of them are related at all," he said.






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Police release description of man possibly involved in Six Flags fire

Source: NJ.com November 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM, updated November 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM


JACKSON Authorities have released a description of a man who was possibly involved in numerous Monday night fires that may have been set in the township, including one at Six Flags.

The man is described as a white male in his late 30’s to early 40’s with possible facial hair, wearing a baggy dark-colored sweatshirt and riding a BMX style bike, police said.

At 10:11 p.m. police responded to a structure fire at an animal barn in the safari at Six Flags near Reed Road, police said. An animal barn was fully engulfed in flames and firefighters extinguished the blaze.

No animals were reported injured, police said. While Jackson police detectives, the Ocean County Fire Marshal and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit was investigating, a news helicopter over the scene reported several other small fires approximately a quarter mile from the scene, police said.

Fire crews responded to those locations and extinguished “multiple” brush and leaf fires, police said.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said there were at least seven brush fires outside the safari park area.

Those blazes came after five other reports of fires throughout the night.

The first fire was reported at 7:05 p.m. on Rachel Court off North Boston Road where a pile of leaves collected at the curb had been lit on fire, police said. Three minutes later police responded to another report of leaves and brush lit on fire in front of an East Pleasant Grove Road home.

Approximately nine minutes after the initial fire, police responded to an East Pleasant Grove Road home where two piles of leaves were placed on the curb to the left and right of the home and were on fire, authorities said.

A brushfire and a lit pile of leaves were reported again at 7:52 p.m. near Beatrice Lane and Perrineville Road, police said. A minute later another police officer responded to a report of a brush fire and lit piles of leaves on Willys Lane near Perrineville Road.

Police did not say fires were found at some of the reported locations.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Jackson police Detective Scott Conover at 732-833-3010 or 732-928-1111.


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