MIDDLETOWN, NJ - At 4:17 AM on Sunday June 22nd, 2014, the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a “report of a possible structure fire in the area of Bayberry Lane and Alimar Drive”. Approximately 60 firefighters from 5 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department (Old Village, Port Monmouth, Independent, Belford Engine, and East Keansburg Fire Companies), under the command of Department Deputy Chief Rick Hibell, responded to the scene.
Second Assistant Fire Chief Tony Citarella was the first to arrive and confirmed a working fire throughout approximately 75% of a two and a half story residential structure. Fearing that the occupants might still be inside the residence, the firefighters immediately conducted a search the interior areas that were not totally consumed by fire. Fortunately, it was eventually confirmed that the house was undergoing renovations and was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Multiple hose lines were deployed to attack the bulk of the fire from the exterior. Chief Hibell declared the fire under control by 5:45 AM. The last units left the scene by 8:30 AM.
The structure sustained severe fire and smoke damage and is uninhabitable.
Also assisting at the scene were the Middletown Township First Aid Squads and the MTFD Air Unit.
There were no reported injuries during the incident.
The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Prevention office and the Monmouth County Fire Marshall’s office.