Ocean County Scanner News extends our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the victims and their families as well as the first responders, hospital staff, medivac staff and all the heroes working hard to save the lives of those impacted by today’s events. Our team is in a feeling of disbelief as we are watching and reading as developments continue to come in. We are waiting for an official press conference and as soon as that is available we will bring it to you.

Through this Mass Casualty Incident today we learned of a tragic fire last week in Nescopeck, Pennsylvania where ten members of a family perished in what can only be described as an inferno. The victims ranged in age from 6 – 70. Thirteen dogs were reportedly lost to this fire as well. Our condolences to the surviving family members especially firefighter Harold Baker, who was on the call and believed to be responding to the house next door for a fire, only to arrive and realize it was called in with an incorrect address and realized his family’s home was engulfed in flames.