MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 11:55 PM on Friday, March 24, 2017 the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to an “unknown type of fire” in the area of Marvin Road in the Belford section of the Township. A passerby noticed flames emanating from the 144 Marvin Road.  The Good Samaritan alerted the occupants and they were safely evacuated from the structure.  

Upon arrival units reported heavy fire issuing from the left side of the structure.  The initial attack was performed with two 1¾” interior attack lines to suppress the fire. Thermal Imaging Cameras (TIC) were employed to check for extension of the fire. Thanks to the early alert by the Good Samaritan and an aggressive attack contained the fire to the area of origin the chimney area with minor smoke damage to other areas.  This also allowed for aggressive salvage preserving a great deal of the interior contents.

Approximately 45 members from 4 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call from Community, Belford Independent, Belford Engine, and Old Village Fire Companies, Additional support was provided from the MTFD Air Unit. All units on scene operated under the command of Department Chief Anthony Citarella.

The fire was declared under control at approximately 12:15 AM. The last units cleared the scene at approximately 1:30 AM.

There were no injuries during the incident. Six Emergency Medical Service workers from Port Monmouth and Fairview First Aid Squads provided EMS support.


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The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Marshall’s office.


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