MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 7:15 AM on Monday, January 9, 2017 the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a “fire alarm” at 43 Lakeshore Drive in the River Plaza section of the Township. The resident found smoke in the structure and attempted to extinguish the fire, he made multiple attempts to extinguish the fire, using several fire extinguishers.  After the home fire alarm monitoring system activated the Fire Department was dispatched, subsequently the homeowner notified 911 that there was in fact a fire in the structure and evacuated the residence. 
Upon arrival units found smoke showing from the right side of the structure and a fire in a wall.  The initial attack was performed with two 1¾” interior attack lines to suppressthe fire. Walls on the first and second floors had to be opened up to expose and contain the fire. The older structure was built and as is commonly referred to as “balloon frame construction” which can allow a fire to run from the basement through the attic via the walls if not opened up and extinguished properly .  Thermal Imaging Cameras (TIC) were employed to check for extension of the fire. The aggressive attack contained the fire to the area of origin.  There was heat and smoke damage throughout the structure.
The Middletown Township Fire Department would like to remind all residents that you should call 911 immediately if you suspect that there is any kind of fire at your home or anywhere else you maybe. Fire doubles in size every 30 seconds and the minutes you save by calling 911 can be the difference between saving your house or not.
Approximately 30 members from 4 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call from Navesink, Middletown Township Fire Company No. 1, River Plaza, Lincroft.  Due to the weather conditions 14 degree ambient temperature,  snow on the ground, and ice Chief Citarella requested the Red Bank Fire Department as mutual aid.   Additional support was provided from the MTFD Air Unit.
The fire was declared under control at approximately 7:45 AM. The last units cleared the scene at approximately 9:00 AM.
There were no injuries during the incident. Middletown Emergency Medical Service provided EMS support.
All units operated safely under the supervision of Department Chief Anthony Citerella. 
The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Marshall’s office.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...