MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 1:25 PM on Friday August 17, the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to 252 Thousand Oaks Drive in the Navesink section of the Township for a “report of a smoke condition coming from the garage” at that location.  Approximately 35 firefighters from 5 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department (Navesink, Brevent Park, Community, Independent, and Belford Engine Fire Companies), under the command of Deputy Chief John D’Altilio, responded to the scene. 

Upon arrival, the firefighters encountered a heavy fire and smoke conditions in a 2-car garage in basement of a four story, multiple family residential structure.  Assistant Chief John Gorsegner credited the very aggressive initial fire attack performed by the first arriving crew from the Brevent Park & Leonardo Fire Company as the primary reason that the blaze was contained to the garage area.  Assistant Chief Peter Laimann assumed operational command and coordinated the efforts of the firefighters to extinguish the blaze as well as checking the entire structure for any possible extension of the fire.  Deputy Chief D’Altilio declared the fire under control by 2:05 PM. 

Also assisting at the scene were the MTFD Air Unit and the Leonardo, Lincroft & Fairview First Aid Squads. 

The garage area of the structure sustained moderate smoke and fire damage.  The residents were allowed to return to their apartments.

There were no reported injuries.


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


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