Fire Claims Harris Ave. House

Dog dies in evening blaze

A two-alarm fire claimed a single family home on Harris Avenue, a street off Burnt Tavern Road, Monday night.

Firefighters from the Herbertsville and Laurelton fire companies responded to the scene, according to Fire Marshall Kevin Batzel. The fire was first reported at about 7:45 p.m. and extinguished by about 8:30 p.m.

Fire inspectors came to the scene Monday night after the fire was put out, Batzel said, though details about how the fire started may have to be determined on Tuesday since it is difficult to conduct an investigation in the dark.

Brick Police Sgt. Terrence Covert said the owners of the home were not there at the time the fire broke out, and nobody was injured.

A dog that was in home did die, however.

Tax records showed the home was owned by James Nunziato.

Daniel Nee (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Barbara -- If there's anything we can do, let us know! My e-mail is at the top of the page. - Dan
Frank Ogrodowski July 24, 2012 at 05:34 AM
No injuries? NO INJURIES? What about the dog?? The dog doesn't count?
deb vanwagenen July 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM
dog is family i would be devastated
2much2say July 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Deb, i know, so tragic.
2much2say July 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Local 732, Darrell & Barbara please lets help this family. I can also donate clothing, food 4 sure, toiletries, dishes etc... I have a ton of stuff & niote: there is nothing wrong with the items I have just don't need them. I will continue to check back, just post what, where etc we can help!!
Tsljs July 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Jersey shore hurricane news on Facebook has a link to donate things. I was there and saw the homeowner. He was devasted, it was sad.
michela hassan July 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I was driving by when I saw this happen. So I went to see who's house it was becuse I used to live a few blocks away that was such a bad fire and to lose a pet is even worse...barbra I will pray for ur family and poor mia RIP doggy :(
Jeanne Monari July 24, 2012 at 02:14 PM
look maybe you have never owned a dog but the dog does count, this is someone in my familydogs become part of your life. so dont say that Its hurtful to the one who lost what meant a lot to him You see i am this persons aunt. Yes he is alive and thats most improtant but his dog was imporant to him. If ya ever had a pet yu truly loved ya would not say that, But I thank god my nephew is okay,
Frank Ogrodowski July 24, 2012 at 03:52 PM
@Jeanne Monari: Well freaking DUH. I was calling the writer of the article out on not having any information about the dog. Pets are an especially important part of the family, and as far as I'm concerned an animal's life is just as valuable as a human's. (And for the record, the article was updated a bit about the dog following my comment.)
darrell July 24, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I don't do facebook, so if someone gets info, please post it here and let me know where to go. Thanks
john summers July 24, 2012 at 04:49 PM
James , sorry for your loss - not only your home and belongings but for your best buddy mya - she was a great dog and i feel for you - i always walked by your home with my husky smokey when he was alive , i know your pain. If we can do anything for you we will - john and maria at 439 carole avenue
JerseyShore4Ever July 24, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Does anyone know what size clothing James wears? Please let me know M_Garrison80@yahoo.com
JerseyShore4Ever July 24, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I have a visa gift card I would like to donate to James. Is anyone taking collections?
Daniel Nee (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 06:48 PM
No, the article was not updated after your comment. It has not been updated since last night. Nobody was injured in the fire. A dog did, indeed, die. "Nobody" refers to people. There are one's personal feelings about animals, and there is a proper way of referring to people and animals in news stories. It would have been neither appropriate nor ethical, by any stretch of the imagination, to write this article in a manner that insinuates a person died when it was really a dog.
Daniel Nee (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 06:49 PM
See my post below...
Joseph Nunziato July 24, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I'm Jim's brother Joey & We appreciate all the condolences,& are thankful Jim is alive!!! Mia was an extremely beautiful, petite husky(most obedient dog I've ever encountered)!! Donations are greatly appreciated,& can be made through: Blue Water Pool Service 2605 bridge ave, pt pleasant,NJ 732-295-5401
Joseph Nunziato July 24, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Clothing sizes: 36Waist 34Length XL shirt Size 13 shoe
darrell July 24, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Are there any females that need clothing. Sizes also. I will drop off gift cards tomorrow.
Christen July 24, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Joey what else does he need besides clothing. I have some new and used clothing coming for him, but I will try to gather up whatever else he needs. (I live two houses down, we feel just awful for him.)
2much2say July 24, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Thanks Joe! I too will drop stuff off.
Joseph Nunziato July 25, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Thanks again for everyone's support!! The only thing aside from clothes now, at this point, would be $$$, or gift certificates... It's tuff to say what he needs, because I don't think he knows what he needs yet!! I believe it's gonna be a slow process in the realization of this tragic event!!
Joseph Nunziato July 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM
No female clothing... The only female that lived there was his dog Mia, who would sleep w/him every nite, he used to walk around w/her in his arms, she was a great mentor to my dog,Fry... Fry & Mia spent a few hours swimming in my moms pool w/ my 2 kids, just an hour prior to these horrific events!!!
J.JONES July 25, 2012 at 02:41 AM
i USE TO KNOW THE Nunziato's in North Jersey drove a truck for yellow freight ..Hope that wasn't his home .haven't seem him in years ..
GMC 00069 July 25, 2012 at 04:24 AM
why where the brick Volunteer ems Brisk ems, the fire dept from pt boro and ems scene mentioned who all helped out in the scene? and yes pets are family and are parts of ppls family. they are impt too
2much2say July 25, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Joey, Please let your brother and you're family are our my thoughts. Mia is with our buddy Angus. It's extremely difficult when you have a tragedy like this and lose your family pet, your BFF. One of our family members actually died in house fire-I know what you're going thru & the best thing James can do: is one second, one minute, hour, day etc.,,at the time.. I know of a great therapist. PTSD sucks.
Frank Ogrodowski July 25, 2012 at 04:50 AM
@Daniel Nee: Fair enough. Although, I'm aware it hasn't been updated since last night. I just happened to read the article, make the comment, and when I looked at the article again maybe ten minutes later it was changed slightly. And of course, that makes sense to refer differently to people and animals. I just felt the article made it seem like the dog's death wasn't important.
Daniel Nee (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 05:19 AM
I believe that was probably after we confirmed the dog had died. We're dog lovers here at Brick Patch, don't worry. In my family we're still sad about our Brittany Spaniel, Ginger, leaving us a couple summers ago at age 15.
Rachael Allan July 25, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I would like to start a collection throughout my neighborhood and the area...I want to send out fliers to people to donate items and giftcards. Everything collected would then be dropped off at Blue Water Pool Service to help.
darrell July 25, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Joseph, I went to Bridge Ave. today to drop of gift certificates as stated. Your cousin is a very nice person. I wish him well.
darrell July 26, 2012 at 04:21 AM
PS. I mean your brother.


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