MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 7:35 PM on Saturday November 23rd, 2013, the East Keansburg Fire Company was dispatched to a “report of a woods fire across from 132 Williams Avenue”. The first arriving Middletown Township Police units observed a large brush fire in the meadows behind the residential structure at 456 Port Monmouth Road and evacuated the occupants as a precaution. Eventually, 5 homes were evacuated as the wind drove the fire close to the homes in the area.
Approximately 75 firefighters from 5 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department (Belford Engine, Community, East Keansburg, Port Monmouth, and Belford Independent Fire Companies), under the command of Department Chief John D’Altilio, responded to the scene. The firefighters immediately attacked the areas on fire closest to the homes along Port Monmouth. The fire department deployed 9 engines and 3 brush trucks to encircle the several acres of meadows bordered by Port Monmouth Road, Bray Avenue, and Pew Creek.
High winds and extreme dry conditions fueled the rapid spread of the fire which was declared under control by Chief D’Altilio by 9:10 PM. Fire Department units remained on location putting out hot spots until approximately 11:00 PM.
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The siding on the home at 465 Port Monmouth Road was damage by the radiate heat from the blaze. All residents were allowed to return to their homes as soon as the fire was under control.
Also assisting at the scene were the MTFD Air Unit, Fire Police and the Middletown Township EMS units.
There were no reported injuries during the incident.
The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Prevention office.
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