State Police said three boats were severely burned there, where firefighting foam coated the lagoon’s water.
"There was an occupant of a houseboat, (who) called 911 because they saw and smelled smoke," said State Trooper Alejandro Goez. "The vessel became engulfed and then the vessel ignited two other houseboats that were docked nearby.”
Two other personal watercrafts were also also damaged, he said.
The fire was reported before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Goez said. The Toms River Fire Department extinguished the blaze and no injuries were reported, he said.
One of the vessels, blackened with soot and melted, still smoldered as of 7:30 p.m.
The boat’s owner declined to comment.
Toms River authorities determined the fire was "non-suspicious," Goez said.