OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The following is a press release from the Ocean Township Police Department:
On January 26, 2017 at approximately 6:22 p.m., police were called to the area of Fairway Lane for a reported fire in a wooded area between Fairway lane and Weston Ave.
When Officers Trevor Dickerson and Steven Walker arrived in the area they learned that the fire originated from a fire pit located in the rear of a Weston Ave residence. Officers then found two 18 year old males at the residence on Weston Ave who both had been burned from flames from the fire pit. One of the male burn victims had significant burns to his face, chest and hands. He was treated at the scene by the Wanamassa First Aid and subsequently airlifted to the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas in Livingston, New Jersey.
The other male burn victim received lesser injuries from the burns and was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for further treatment.
Further investigation by Detective Jesse Orbach revealed that the two injured males were in the process of starting the fire in the fire pit. It was learned that one of the injured males was using gasoline to start the fire. The gasoline ignited in an explosive manner subsequently burning both male victims.
Ocean Township Fire District #2 Fire Marshall's Office along with the Monmouth County Fire Marshall's Office also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.