MIDDLETOWN, NJ - At 11:45AM on Saturday, November 11, 2017 the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a “dryer fire” in the North Middletown section of the Township. Upon arrival the first responding officer confirmed smoke condition.
It should be noted, this building is two adjoining structures with a common foundation (crawlspace). The initial fire had dropped into common (shared) area of the crawlspace, to access the fire, firefighters had to cut the foundation to enter into the crawlspace to extinguish the blaze.
First Assistant Chief Steven Schweizer immediately requested additional MTFD fire units. The initial arriving firefighters employed four 1 ¾’’ attack lines to suppress the fire. Positive pressure ventilation was employed to help minimize smoke damage. Thermal imaging cameras were used to ensure all fire was found with minimal damage to the structure. Ventilation saws were used to vent the roof.
Fire was considered under control at 1:00p.m. All units were cleared from the scene by 3:30p.m.
Approximately 60 members from 6 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call from Belford Engine, Community, East Keansburg, Port Monmouth, Belford Independent, River Plaza fire companies and the MTFD Air Unit filled over 70 breathing air cylinders and Fire Safety Unit. Mutual Aid was provided by the Keansburg Fire Department.
All on scene firefighters were evaluated on scene during the incident, none transported. The Middletown Township EMS provided on scene medical services and rehabilitation. Middletown EMS support was provided by Middletown, Fairview and Keansburg First Aid Squads.
All units operated safely under the supervision of Department Assistant Chief Steven Schweizer.
The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Marshall’s office.
Photos provided by Middletown EMS.