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UPDATE: Crews Contain Large Brush Fire At Long Branch DPW Yard

By Christopher Sheldon

A 4-alarm brush fire was contained to the Long Branch DPW Yard on Atlantic Avenue as of 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 6.

The Long Branch Fire Department and other local companies were able to stop the fire from spreading to some of the nearby houses and no damage was done to the DPW Yard itself. 

Brush and other materials are collected from city residents and kept at the DPW yard before it is ground and hauled away, resulting in a pile of debris that is several feet high. 

Brown-colored smoke could be seen rising from the site as far as Eatontown on Wednesday afternoon.

Police blocked off a large portion of Atlantic Avenue for several hours as crews attempt to extinguish the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Joseph November 06, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Long Branch Police report brush fire in the City of Long Branch's City Yard. I've said this before, and I will say it again! The City of Long Branch has jeopardized the public safety. Storing large combustible material near Residential Homes is not acceptable! Trees, brush, leaves, should be removed from the City on a daily basis! What the Hell is the City saving it for?! Too cheap to dump it? Or does the City want a Huge Bon-Fire, so it can burn part of the City down? A Four Alarm Garbage Fire! What a disgrace!!Trees, brush, leaves, Mazza's is located in Tinton Falls, that's where these combustibles belong! 4 Alarm Fire! Idiots! Like · · Share · Promote
Joseph November 07, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Just think if the winds where strong today! Half of the City of Long Branch could have burned! Just to save on wood debris removal! So the City stock piles large amounts of combustible materials right in a residential neighborhood! Guess the City isn't making enough money from pier village, or it's just not giving to the rest of the city, so they put a neighborhood at risk! Sad!
David Henderson November 07, 2013 at 01:57 AM
What in the world was the city thinking in moving the recycling plant from Joline Ave to a brush area in a residential neighborhood! You take large amounts of combustible materials, combine that with piles of leaves and branches in an area full of brush, and it results in a fire hazard waiting to happen. And unfortunately, IT DID HAPPEN!!!! Thankfully, the fire was contained and it did not spread to all the nearby homes. I grew up on Sixth Ave., right near Atlantic Ave. I have a lot of fond memories growing up on that block. Even though I'm no longer a Long Branch resident, I would've been heartbroken if those flames were to burn down my old neighborhood.. So once again, I'm thankful that all the houses along the area were spared, and no one had suffered any property loss. I hope that all the homeowners in the area would get together and petition the city and the state to have that recycling plant moved elsewhere in the city. That yard in its current space is a very dangerous fire hazard!!!

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