GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Multiple fire companies battled a house fire on Somers Landing Road for at least an hour with temperatures in the teens Thursday night, according to John Mooney, chief of the Oceanville Volunteer Fire Co.

Crews were dispatched at about 9 p.m. to the two-story duplex. The fire was on the second floor, Mooney said.

The upstairs section of the home was unoccupied, and the family living on the first floor was able to leave the house before firefighters arrived, Mooney said. The American Red Cross was on the scene to provide the family assistance.

Firefighters battled smoke and fire on the second floor, which made the upstairs uninhabitable, Mooney said, and the first floor had water damage. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control within 20 minutes of arriving on the scene, he said.

Smoke was still visible at about 10:10 p.m. Traffic was moving on Route 9, but northbound and southbound traffic was alternating one lane at a time.

"The fire is under investigation," Mooney said.

Temperatures were in the teens, but there was virtually no wind, which kept it from feeling colder and made it easier for firefighters to handle the blaze.

The Bayview Volunteer Fire Co., which is part of the Galloway Township Fire Department, responded, along with Oceanville, the Oceanville tanker truck, Galloway Township Ambulance Squad, Galloway Township Police, Port Republic Volunteer Fire Co., Galloway Township Fire Rescue and the Galloway Township Department of Public Works.

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