OXFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A fire destroyed the home of a World War II veteran and his wife Friday afternoon in Oxford Township.
The fire happened at 1:34 p.m. at 56 Pequest Road, police said.
The 92-year-old and his 82-year-old wife, who were home at the time of the fire, were not injured, police said.
An investigation determined that a lawn mower backfired and caught the house on fire. No injuries were reported, police said.
The American Red Cross is helping them with temporary lodging, food and clothing needs.
A Facebook fundraiser has been set up and has collected nearly $5,000 as of Sunday morning toward a goal of $50,000.
Anthony Preziosi contributed to this report.