mtfd hosford ave 1MIDDLETOWN, NJ - At 9:33 AM on Tuesday November 4th, 2014, the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a “possible structure fire with a report of smoke coming out of the roof at 51 Hosford Avenue” in the Leonardo section of the Township. Approximately 35 firefighters from 3 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department (Brevent Park, Community, and Belford Engine Fire Companies), under the command of 2nd Assistant Chief Tony Citarella, responded to the scene.

The first arriving fire units encountered heavy smoke coming from the front of a two story residential structure at that location. Crews from the Brevent Park Fire Company deployed hose lines to attack a large fire in the kitchen. An engine from Community Fire Company pumped water from a nearby fire hydrant to the scene.

Chief Citarella requested mutual aid from the Borough of Atlantic Highlands to supply a ladder truck which was quickly on the scene with a large crew. Multiple ground ladders were used to access the roof and attic space.

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Upon his arrival, 3rd Assistant Chief Ryan Clarke assumed command of the firefighting efforts inside the structure. The firefighters rapidly extinguished the fire in the kitchen and adjacent attic space. Under Chief Clarke’s direction, the crews used tarps to protect the contents in the house from sustaining additional damage during the overhaul of the fire area.

Chief Citarella declared the fire under control by 10:00 AM. The last units left the scene by 11:00 AM.

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The fire was contained to the kitchen and attic area. The structure, which sustained heavy fire and smoke damage, was declared uninhabitable.

Also assisting at the scene was the MTFD Air Unit.

There were no reported injuries during the incident.

The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Prevention.

Pictures courtesy of MTFD Photographer Laurie Kegley can be downloaded at: http://1drv.ms/1uqTcga .