At 09:05 a.m. on Saturday August 20, 2016, the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a “structure fire” at 6 Crab Apple Lane in the Belford section of the Township. The residents were on the first floor having breakfast when they heard the smoke alarm activate on the second floor. The resident investigated and found fire on the second floor and immediately called 911 after they had safely exited the structure. Approximately 65 firefighters from 4 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department (Belford Engine, Community, East Keansburg, Belford Independent Fire Companies), under the command of Department Chief John Gorsegner, responded to the scene.
The first arriving units on the scene reported a working structure fire with heavy fire and smoke issuing from the roof of the residential structure. The firefighters quickly employed two attack lines, a 700 foot lay of a supply line was dropped to the nearest hydrant. The aggressive attack contained the fire to primarily the attic area and the attic entrance on the second floor. The attack and overhaul resulted in water and some smoke entering the second and first floors. However, quick deployment of tarps and salvage efforts minimized any water and smoke damage to the contents of the structure. The use of thermal imaging cameras to confirm that the fire had not extended beyond the area of origin. JCP&L secured power to the structure.
The fire was declared under control by 9:24 AM. The last units cleared the scene by 11:00 AM.
There was one reported injury during the incident, a firefighter tripped at the scene. Twenty Emergency Medical Service workers provided EMS support. The following squads provided the EMS support Leonardo, Port Monmouth, Keansburg Little Silver and Holmdel First Aid Squads under the guidance of Middletown EMS Chief Robert Pfleger II were on scene.
The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Marshall’s office. To provide a safe aerial view of the attic and roof areas as part of the investigation, Holmdel First Aid Squad provided their drone to take the needed pictures.