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MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 1:37 PM on Tuesday March 27, the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to the corner of Bamm Hollow and Red Hill Roads for a report of smoke coming from a house in the area.  The first arriving Police unit reported a working structure fire at a 2 1/2 story residential building at 231 Bamm Hollow Road.  Approximately 40 firefighters from 7 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department (Middletown, River Plaza, Old Village, Independent, Port Monmouth, Belford Engine and Community Fire Companies), under the command of Chief Andrew Spears, use several master streams of water to douse the fire from inside and outside of the structure.  The firefighters battled the blaze for almost two hours before bringing it under control.  Also assisting at the scene were the MTFD Air Unit, MTFD Fire Police, Middletown Township Field Communication, and Middletown Township EMS units. 

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Photo courtesy of MTFD Photographer Laurie Kegley

The house sustained major fire and smoke damage.

There were no reported injuries.

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


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Several times during the 4 hours that the MTFD was occupied with this fire, mutual aid units from the Red Bank and Holmdel Fire Departments were called to respond to other calls for fire emergencies in the Township.


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