LINCROFT, NJ – At 3:13 PM on Friday, May 26, 2017 the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a “possible structure” at 644 Newman Springs Rd in the Lincroft section of the Township. The resident found smoke emanating from an electrical closet in the structure.  The resident opened the closet, and attempted to extinguish the fire with a dry powder extinguisher, closed the door when the extinguisher was empty, evacuated the salon and called 911.  Upon arrival units found smoke showing from the nail salon.  The initial attack was performed with two 1¾” interior attack lines stretched to suppress the fire. Walls and ceiling in the electrical closet had to be opened up to expose and ensure the fire had not extended beyond the closet.  Simultaneously ventilation fans were deployed to evacuate the smoke from the stores.  Thermal Imaging Cameras (TIC) were employed to check for extension of the fire. The aggressive attack and overhaul contained the fire to the area of origin.  There was heat and smoke damage throughout the nail salon.

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 35 members from 4 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call from Lincroft, River Plaza, Middletown Township Fire Company No. 1, River Plaza and the Fire Safety Unit. 

The fire was declared under control at approximately 3:30 PM. The last units cleared the scene at approximately 4:15 PM.

There were no injuries during the incident. Middletown Emergency Medical Service provided EMS support.

All units operated safely under the supervision of Department Deputy Chief Ryan Clark.

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

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