MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 2:39 AM on Monday November 24th, 2014, the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a “reported structure fire at 10 The Vista Road” in the Old Village section of the Township. Approximately 40 firefighters from 4 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department (Old Village, Middletown, Belford Independent, and Belford Engine Fire Companies), under the command of Deputy Chief Rick Hibell, responded to the scene.

The residents report that they were alerted to the fire by their dog. All the residents evacuated the structure prior to the arrival of the responding emergency units.

The first arriving fire units observed fire on the exterior of the attached sun room in the rear of the structure at that location. Crews from the Old Village Fire Company quickly extinguished the fire with had extended into the roof area. The fire was contained to exterior of the structure. There was minor smoke and water damage in the residential portion of the house.

Chief Hibell declared the fire under control by 3:05 AM. The last units left the scene by 4:00 AM.

Also assisting on the scene were members of the Middletown Township Emergency Medical Services units.


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There were no reported injuries during the incident.

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


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