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Aug 31, 2022

Fire Breaks Out in River Plaza Section of Middletown

Photo by Laurie Kegley, MTFD Public Information Officer Photographer.

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 2:37 pm the Middletown Township Fire Department (MTFD) was dispatched to 460 West Front Street, River Plaza section of Middletown Township. A garage, structure fire with flames showing was reported by a caller passing by.

The first arriving MTFD Engine 31-9-76, reported working structure fire, one story wood frame, flames issuing from the left side and roof. Additional backup units for Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) and other support units were requested. First arriving engine deployed two 1 3⁄4” hand lines to the first floor attacking the origin of the fire and fire’s progression both in the first floor interior and attic of the ranch style home, it should be noted the structure does not have a garage. A 5” Large Diameter Hose (LDH) supply line from the nearest fire hydrant 200’away was deployed.

Simultaneous to the fire suppression efforts, search and rescue operations employing thermal imaging cameras were employed to ensure no residents were inside the structure and all fire was found and extinguished. A family dog was rescued by a passerby and the dog was secured with a next door neighbor, the dog was uninjured.

Photo by Laurie Kegley, MTFD Public Information Officer Photographer.

The building utilities were secured by New Jersey Natural Gas, Jersey Central Power and Light and New Jersey American Water.

The fire was placed under control by MTFD Third Assistant Chief Daniel Kelly at 2:51 pm. All units were cleared from the scene at 4:30 pm.

Approximately 30 firefighters from 6 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call from Navesink, Belford Engine, Middletown Fire Company No.1, River Plaza Hose, Lincroft Fire and Old Village Fire companies. Additionally the MTFD Air Unit, Fire Police and the Safety Unit also responded.

Middletown’s Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) provided medical services to rehabilitate nine firefighters. No firefighter injuries were reported.

All units operated safely under the supervision of Middletown Township Fire Department MTFD Third Assistant Chief Daniel Kelly.

The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Marshal’s office under the direction of Fire Marshal Edward Skelly.