mtfd beford structurePHOTO: Credit Middletown EMS Department

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 8:48 PM on Thursday, June 1, 2017 the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a “possible structure fire” at 201 East Road in the Belford section of the Township.  Upon arrival units found smoke showing from the eves of the garage roof.  Search and rescue crews were immediately deployed to evacuate and occupants from the residence. 

The initial attack was performed with two 1¾” interior attack lines stretched to suppress the fire while simultaneously venting the roof to allow the heat and smoke escape making the attic tenable. Salvage and overhaul operations of the attic contents were employed to ensure the fire had not extended beyond the attic.  Simultaneously ventilation fans were deployed to evacuate the smoke from the garage, attic and the attached residence.  A 330 foot water supply line was dropped to the nearest fire hydrant.  A mansion line was also deployed during the fire attack.  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 smoke damage throughout the residence.

Approximately 40 members from 3 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call from Belford Engine, Community, Belford Independent Fire Companies and the Air Unit.


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Chief Steven Schweitzer declared the fire under control at 9:10 PM. The last units cleared the scene at approximately 10:50 PM.

There were no injuries during the incident. Leonardo, Lincroft and Port Monmouth First Aids provided EMS and rehabilitation support.

All units operated safely under the supervision of Department First Assistant Chief Steven Schweitzer.

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

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