MIDDLETOWN, NJ - At 7:59 AM on Saturday February 15th, 2014, the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a “report of a chimney fire with a smoke condition” at 917 Park Place in the River Plaza section of the Township. Approximately 45 firefighters from 4 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department (River Plaza, Middletown, Lincroft and Old Village Fire Companies), under the command of Department Chief Peter Laimann, responded to the scene.
Second Assistant Fire Chief Tony Citarella was the first to arrive and confirmed a working fire in the basement and first floor of the one and a half story residential structure. Chief Citarella immediately requested the Lincroft Fire Company to the scene to act as a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) as well as the MTFD Air Support Unit.
Upon his arrival, Chief Laimann assumed command of the incident and requested the Old Village Fire Company as a second RIT. The Brevent Park & Leonardo Fire Company was assigned to standby at the River Plaza Firehouse in order respond to any emergency calls in the south side of the Township.
The firefighters deployed multiple hose lines and aggressively attack the blaze. A ventilation hole was cut in the roof of the home in order to release heat and smoke from the interior of the structure. Chief Laimann declared the fire under control in 8:45 AM. The last units left the scene by 11:30 AM.
The occupied structure sustained severe fire and smoke damage and is uninhabitable.
Also assisting at the scene were the Port Monmouth and Middletown First Aid Squads.
There were no reported injuries during the incident.
The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Prevention office.