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1 Killed In Lakewood Tent City Fire [VIDEO/PHOTOS]

Authorities say one person was killed when a fast-moving fire swept through a homeless encampment in Lakewood.

Pastor Steve Brigham
Pastor Steve Brigham (YouTube)

Officials have not yet identified the badly burned body, which was found shortly after the blaze was extinguished Saturday night.

The tent was shared amongst several Hispanic men who are now worried about where they will spend the night. Minister Stephen Bingham was calling around in search of a new tent. He said they might have to be moved to the main camp.

A resident of the camp claims the group has had issues with fire before and he believes the men may have been drunk

Further details on the victim were not immediately disclosed due to the ongoing investigation.

No one else was hurt in the fire, which broke out around 7:45 p.m. in an area off Route 88 in Lakewood. Firefighters had to go through areas of heavy brush to reach the blaze, which also forced Conrail to briefly stop train traffic in the area.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Lakewood police are investigating.

According to the Asbury Park Press, in February 2009, a similar fire at the same site claimed the life of a man believed to be in his 60s. A few months later, another fire left a 45-year-old man with burns over 18 percent of his body.

The Associated Press contributed to this story


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