A structure fire was reported on Friday, February 1, at 138-C Espanong Road in Lake Hopatcong at approximately 10:25 a.m. Police officers responded and found smoke emitting from the residence.

Officers Robert Coyle, David Wojtach, Mathew Saparito, and Sergeant Justin Gjelsvik entered the residence and a dog ran out the front door. The officers determined that no people were present.

Both township fire companies responded and were able to extinguish the fire. The Jefferson Township Rescue Squad also was on site.

Detective Sergeant Sean Krater’s investigation found hot ash outside a window, which may have caused the fire. A significant amount of damage was caused to the residence, making it uninhabitable. No one was injured, and the owner was reunited with his dog.

A member of the Jefferson Township Rescue Squad located and rescued a dog that escaped a structure fire early Friday, February 1 on Espanong Road in Lake Hopatcong. (Photo: Jefferson Township Rescue Squad/Facebook)

The Jefferson Township Office of Emergency Management assisted the resident with making temporary living arrangements.

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