JACKSON — A three-alarm fire damaged part of an Ocean County shopping center on Sunday night.

Yellow police tape surrounded the Brook Plaza on County Line Road at New Prospect Road in Jackson Monday morning, as investigators continued their work to determine the cause of the fire.

The Ocean County Fire Marshals Office on Monday afternoon said the cause of the fire was a wood bench top in the rear utility room of Trophies and Awards because of a possible "failure of energized electrical equipment."

The fire was reported at 10:20 p.m., according to Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronardy. It spread to three adjacent stores. The fire was brought under control by 11:30 p.m.

The fire remained under investigation Monday by the Ocean County Fire Marshal.

Smoke was coming from the roof of the building, according to the Lakewood Scoop, with a large fire and ambulance response.

The plaza includes a Planet Fitness, Dollar General, Chicken Holiday and the Jackson Farmer's Market.

Jackson Police have not yet returned a message seeking additional information.


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