MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 4:56 AM on Monday April 30, the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 396 Thompson Avenue in the East Keansburg section of the Township for a report of “a smoke condition in the residence, possible structure fire” at that location.  Approximately 50 firefighters from 5 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department (East Keansburg, Port Monmouth, Belford Engine, Old Village and Community Fire Companies), under the command of Chief Andrew Spears, responded to the scene. 

Pictures Courtesy of MTFD Photographer Laurie Kegley.

The firefighters encountered heavy fire conditions in basement and first floor of an unoccupied 2 story residential structure.  The firefighters abandoned attempts to battle the fire from the interior when it was discovered that the fire had burnt away the majority of the floor of the first story.  For safety reasons, the firefighters assumed a defensive mode and extinguished the blaze from the exterior of the structure.  Chief Spears declared the fire under control by 6:30 AM. 



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Also assisting at the scene were the MTFD Air Unit, MTFD Fire Police, and Middletown Township EMS units. 

The residents reportedly discovered the fire when they arrive home early in the morning and alerted the authorities.  The house sustained major structural damage and is uninhabitable.


One firefighter was injured at the scene and was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center.  His condition at this time is unknown.

The cause fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Prevention Bureau and the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s office. 


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