Two Suffer Minor Injuries in Tent City Fire

Ocean County Fire Marshall investigating

Two people living in Tent City suffered minor injuries following a fire at the homeless camp off Cedar Bridge Avenue in Lakewood, Lakewood Township police said.

The fire occurred at approximately 12:15 a.m. on Sunday.

The two residents of the camp that were injured were transported to Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood.

The Ocean County Fire Marshall is investigating the incident, police said.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office has been notified, police said.

Police provided no further information.



WMS826 January 06, 2013 at 03:47 PM
This is so funny to me. I hope the rest of you are happy including the good reverend Steve who is fostering this dangerous situation. These people are mentally unstable living in sqaulor. Rather than force them to live up to western standards with a roof and proper heating, we allow this and help them do it. This is not some camp in he Sudan, this is America, in your own backyard. Do not tell me there are no options for these people. We pay taxes towards Section 8 and welfare. To choose to live like this is mentaly unsound. To help it is criminal. Charge Rev Steve with complicity to this and sue him for damages.
wookfish January 06, 2013 at 03:51 PM
WM, it's lakehood..the building dept promotes "unstable living in sqaulor" look at the whole HAG community
Slippery Slope January 06, 2013 at 04:14 PM
The injured parties should sue the township and the county and the state and the courts for millions, for allowing them to live in sub code dwellings.
Stacy M January 06, 2013 at 04:19 PM
This is the most ridiculous statement!! They put themselves there, nobody else did, yes some do enable it. However to sue people for their actions is beyond ridiculous!
notajerseygirl January 06, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Remember, our tax dollars don't even get to these folks. Our tax dollars go to all the folks who have homes and probably could have jobs, but would rather live on entitlements that come from our redistributed wealth.
Kim E January 06, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Where does the hospital mail the bill for their care? Oh never mind, I know the taxpayers!
A Polymath January 06, 2013 at 06:59 PM
How do you know if any of these people are not on Social Security Disability? But even if they get no direct gov't subsidies, our tax dollars are spent on all the Police, Fire, and EMT calls, as well as the emergency room bills they rack up. I would hate to be a taxpayer who has to wait for emergency help while the services they pay for are diverted to this group. They family of someone who dies of a heart attack while waiting for EMS who are out in the woods with these yahoos ( with Minor Injuries according to the article) would have a great lawsuit.......
CC_N January 06, 2013 at 06:59 PM
The reality is that unless you are a single woman with children there is little help available to homeless people. Many of the residents of Lakewood Tent City do have jobs but affording housing on minimum wage is not possible.
Stacy M January 06, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Then get two jobs..... There is no excuse!
elkor January 07, 2013 at 01:22 AM
You sir, strike me as somebody who has never had to want. So, to recap, your solution to assist these people who are clearly "mentally unsound" before -we- do something "criminal", is to "force them to live up to western standards" right. yes, I removed the "roof and proper heating" part, because I don't really consider that a privilege of your position among your peers, I consider it a right. This is America right? I don't pretend to have the answers. but I don't make random accusatory posts telling people how funny I think their situation is either.
elkor January 07, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Why does everybody think this? They eat it. Yes, they include it in the stats when they apply or grants, as is appropriate. however it's the person reviewing the grants that has the power, they guy who got emergency care hardly stole anything from your pocket
Tara from Pinehurst January 07, 2013 at 02:08 AM
God bless theses people! I say a prayer everytime I pass them by. "Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what you're gonna get. If you're so worried these people don't pay taxes, don't be angry go live there too see how you like it! Or why don't you go check out welfare these days its a crock of shit that is unless you're an immigrant you can have everything plus new sneakers smart phones and I pads!!!
Y'all Crazy January 07, 2013 at 07:29 AM
Don't talk crap about the people living there. You don't know there personal situation. You wouldn't be able to handle living for a week in the conditions they do. There better people than the majority of toy
Y'all Crazy January 07, 2013 at 07:29 AM
bob January 07, 2013 at 12:41 PM
of corse..the fires will keep up...till the homeless are moved...OUT OF LAKEWOOD,,, so more hasidic houseing can be built..is there any doubt
Grace Peck January 07, 2013 at 01:56 PM
I'm shocked at the majority of the comments here! Do any of you personally know pastor Steve? Do any of you personally know those living in the tent cities? Do any of you know why this situation exists? Didn't think so. Think before you speak, or in this case write. The reason these people live in tent cities is because we have no real homeless shelter in our county. Why? because there is no funding and quite honestly most people don't want one in their backyard. Pastor Steve is a wonderful person who donates countless hours of his life so that these people don't die from starvation and the elements. Yes this is beyond safe, yes this is a horrible living situation, but are there many other choices? My heart goes out to these people. For those of you who want to know more about tent city and pastor Steve, google search and watch the video's. You might have a different outlook on their situation. God bless those who live in tent city and god bless pastor Steve!
Elisha Bosch January 07, 2013 at 04:34 PM
The Real Victims Of Tent CIty Are The Law Biding Working Class Residents Who Live Next Door Who Have To Put Up With The Illegal Burning Camp Fires Polluting Smoke Into Their Homes.The Rampant Crime; Stabbings,Drugs,Drunkeness,Complete Degradation Of The Landscape.The Social Programs & Housing Are Available ,But The Rules Of Not Using Drugs And Complete Drunkeness Are Not Accepted Pastor Steves Criminal Society Tent City Residents Will Not Enter These Programs Because They Have Found Their Utopia In Tent City Of No Laws To Continue Their Lawless Lifestyle Of Drugs,Drinking, Anything Goes Pastor Steve Was Arrested Twice For Destroying The Tents Of Residents & Threatening Them ,And Trying To Evict Then Because They Complained To The Police Of The Drugs & Violence. How Ironic,Pastor Steve Was Going To Evict Them When He Himself Is Tresspassing Himself On City Property. Court Ordered To Not Increase The Population Of Tent City Untill A Court Hearing For Tresspassing Pastor Steve Has Violated It By Quite A Bit Pastor Steve Is Ignorant To The Law By Believing He Is Above he Law. Deaths,Stabbings,Just Recently A Severely Burned Fire Victim. This Is The Hypocrisy Of Delusional Pastor Steve Who Is In A State Of Denial Pastor Steve Get Serious And Start Helping These People Get Into Social Programs Stop Your Crying On CNN You 15 Mintues Of Fame Have Passed Pastor Steve Has The Police Of The Drugs & Violence Of Tent City
elkor January 07, 2013 at 06:19 PM
I'm Not Even Sure What That Whole Rant Is About. You Do Seem To Have An Opinion But I Don't See Any Facts Here. Also You Have No Idea How To Use Capitalization.
Sandra Couto January 07, 2013 at 08:12 PM
C'mon now, how can I comment on other comments in which every word is capitalized a sentence begins with, "of corse," not Of course, and another contains the misuse of ellipses? Please people; please tell me you can commit your thoughts to print a bit better than this. If not, how am I supposed to take anything you write seriously? And by the way, when used as a title, the word 'reverend' should be capitalized. It's Reverend Steve. Does anyone really believe another person would chose to live in a tent, in the woods, in the cold of winter simply to burden taxpayers? Should emergency responders ask about someone's financial status before responding to a 911 call? If so, let's hope the 911 call from that hypothetical taxpayer-the one having a heart attack, isn't trumped by an even wealthier taxpayer. Oh yes, perhaps we should insist the residents of Tent City should live, "up to western standards." The Census Bureau released its analysis of U.S. poverty in 2011 which stated that 46.2 million people, (or 15% of the US population), live below the poverty line. This represents the highest level in almost two decades. Wake-up! The residents of Tent City and other places like it ARE, (capitalized for emphasis), living up to Western standards!
Jennifer cordi January 07, 2013 at 09:36 PM
I am perplexed at why so many feel this was their opportunity to unload in such a negative way regarding this issue. If you haven't been there or know each and every situation of the people living there, you have nerve belittling those already so unfortunate. How about you try to ..... Pay it foward - instead if posting useless comments that get no one anywhere!
wookfish January 08, 2013 at 02:23 PM
where's the EPA ..they're killing trees and ruining the ground water...seriously..where does their waste (human) go?..and garbage? fine they and kick them off of public land and have them move onto Pastor Steve's property.
elkor January 08, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Really? ground water? You know what they filter water with? Sand. I will not dispute there may be many reasons people have for not wanting a tent city in there town, and I will recognize that some are probably very legitamate if not narrow in the scope of the inhabitants. Ground water troubles are not one of them however.
elkor January 08, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Jeez, typo city, sorry about that (pun not intended)
wookfish January 08, 2013 at 11:39 PM
elkor... take a pill ..i'm kidding...nut job
elkor January 09, 2013 at 01:14 AM
I'm hardly a Nut Job, apparently you're not either. Apologies
Maria Salerno January 13, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Most of you are in your warm home, eating a nice meal while you make these awful statements. Don't you have any love and caring for those who are not as fortunate as you??? Donate some clothes, blankets , coats, etc. to Tent City and show some love, instead of putting them down and criticizing Pastor Steve for his "caring". Remember to "pass it forward" and sent a little prayer their way. And how about thanking "the powers that be" for the blessings you have received. There, but for the Grace of God, go you!!!!
Maria Salerno January 13, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Comment above.....
Stacy M January 13, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Yes I am in my warm house that I go out and work for, I don't do drugs and I most clertainly will not enable people that choose to and not help themselves ..... If you would like to, its on you! I thank my lucky stars everyday for what I have and know its because I work damn hard for it! I'm pretty sure I speak for most with this statement... Have a good night
Bill Cooper January 16, 2013 at 10:34 PM
It's a shame. About your kids, I mean. I shudder to think about the sort of ignorant, narrow-minded, selfish people they are going to be when they grow up. Despite what you may think, being a mother is not a hobby. You should take it more seriously.
Bill Cooper January 16, 2013 at 10:36 PM
It's unclear who you think you're fooling, Lee, but it's certainly not us. You don't work hard. You know it and I know it and everyone who knows you knows it, so why claim otherwise? Be honest with yourself. OWN the fact that you're a privileged, lazy, selfish person. Just don't pass those traits on to your children. Please, for the good of all of us, teach them that you are NOT the example they should follow.


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