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Oct 04, 2020

No Injuries Reported in Middletown House Fire

By Julia Mortimer

Photo by Laurie Kegley, MTFD Public Information Officer Photographer

A two-story structure fire erupted in the River Plaza section of Middletown on Saturday around 5 pm.

Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the scene at 45 Nedshire Dr. Search and rescue teams confirmed the house was unoccupied at the time of the incident.

The Lincroft Fire Company said the flames were severe “on the back side of the structure with extension into the first, second and attic floors of the structure.”

Upon arrival, Chief John Waltz requested additional companies be dispatched, and the Rapid Intervention Team was on scene to protect firefighters as they worked to control the blaze.

The fire was called under control by Waltz by 5:30 pm. All units cleared the scene by 8:08 pm.

Four fire companies, with 45 fire fighters from neighboring towns, came to assist in controlling the fire. On scene were Belford Engine, Middletown Number 1, River Plaza Hose and Lincroft Fire Companies. The MTFD Air Unit and the Safety Unit also responded.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

Mayor Tony Perry posted to his social media accounts, “Very busy night for Middletown’s First Responders – thank you to everyone working to keep us all safe! Appreciate all the assistance of [Monmouth County Sheriff] Shaun Golden and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office as well! Thank you for keeping us safe!”

The fire is under investigation. That investigation is led by Middletown Township Fire Marshal’s Office.