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MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 8:59 PM on Thursday July 26, the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to 65 Hillyer Circle for a “report of a fire in the attic” at that location. 

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Photo courtesy: MTFD Photographer Laurie Kegley.

Approximately 45 firefighters from 3 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department (Old Village, Middletown and River Plaza Fire Companies), under the command of Deputy Chief John D’Altilio, responded to the scene.  Upon arrival, the firefighters encountered a fire in the attic space above an attached garage of a two and a half story, single family residential structure.  After determining that all the residents had evacuated the building, the fire was quickly knocked down and extinguished.  Chief D’Altilio declared the fire under control by 9:30 PM. 

Also assisting at the scene were the MTFD Air Unit and the Fairview First Aid Squad. 

The garage area of the structure sustained moderate smoke and water damage.


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There were no reported injuries.

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


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