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MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 3:08 AM on Monday July 22nd, 2013, the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to 254 Highway 35 South for a “report of a possible structure fire at the Orange Skye Day Spa at the corner of Highway 35 and Pine Street”.  Approximately 50 firefighters from 4 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department (Middletown, River Plaza, Old Village and Community Fire Companies), under the command of Department Chief John D’Altilio, responded to the scene.   Third Assistant Chief Tony Citarella quickly arrived and confirmed a fire on the second floor of the 2 and half story, former residential structure at 245 Highway 35 South.  The fire extended into the attic space and eventually burnt through the roof.  The fire was brought under control by 3:45 AM and Fire units remained on the scene until 6:00 AM.  The unoccupied structure sustained extensive damage.

The Middletown Township Fire Police unit closed down the right lane of Highway 35 South during the incident.

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


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Two Middletown Township Firefighters sustained minor injuries while battling the blaze.  They both were transported to Riverview Medical Center, where they were treated and released.

The fire is being investigated by the Monmouth County Fire Marshall’s office.


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