On Sunday, Aug. 1 at 11:38 pm, the Marlboro Township Police Department received a 911 call from the homeowners at 447 Tennent Rd. who stated there was a possible fire in their residence.
Marlboro police officers Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante, Ryan Anzalone and Colin Murray responded and reported a heavy smoke condition coming out of the attic. The officers met the homeowners along with several family members standing outside the residence.
At first, the family believed that everyone was out of the house. However, it was quickly learned that there may be a family member still inside, possibly on the second floor. Officers Gonzalez and Anzalone entered the residence and were able to locate an adult male in a second-floor bedroom which was completely filled with smoke. The officers were able to safely escort the subject down the steps and outside of the residence.
Both officers suffered smoke inhalation and were treated at the scene by members of the Morganville First Aid Squad. Fire departments then arrived on location and were able to extinguish the fire. One firefighter was transported by ambulance to Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge for smoke inhalation.
Tennent Road was closed between Church Road and Duncan Drive for approximately three hours while emergency personnel was on the scene.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious.
Besides the Marlboro Township Police Department, responding agencies included the Marlboro Fire Department, Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company, Morganville Fire Department, Marlboro First Aid Squad, Morganville First Aid Squad, Gordons Corner Fire Company, Adelphia Fire Company, East Freehold Fire Company, Freehold Fire Department, Englishtown Fire Department, Monmouth County Fire Marshalls Office and the Office of the Marlboro Township Fire Inspectors.