The fire broke out around 8:00 AM at the shops between 3rd and 4th Streets.
Smoke could be seen coming from the area of the photo store and cleaners. Neighboring stores were evacuated as well.
A general alarm was toned out, summoning all of Lakewood’s stations.
Mutual aid from neighboring towns is also being provided.
Expect closures in the downtown for several hours.
UPDATE 9:10 AM: The fire has been mostly contained.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office.