MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 1:36 AM on Monday, January 1, 2018 the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a “bush fire” at 25 Peach Blossom Lane in the Old Village section of the Township. Upon arrival, Chief Anthony Citarella updated the situation and reported two cars fully involved with extension to the residence and requested Middletown Fire Co. #1 Fire Company as a back up to the initial assignment.

Chief Anthony Citarella went ensure all occupants had vacated the structure, although the family had started to evacuate one of the children retreated back into the house, Chief Citarella immediately asked the parents where the child may be, once determined Chief Citarella entered the structure rescuing the child from the smoke filled structure.

Initial arriving firefighters employed (3) 1 ¾’’ attack lines to suppress the fire.  Positive pressure ventilation was employed to help minimize smoke damage.  Thermal imaging cameras were used to ensure all fire was found with minimal damage to the structure.

The Fire was considered under control at 220a.m.  All units were cleared from the scene by 4:05a.m.

Approximately 35 members from 3 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call from East Keansburg Fire Company, Middletown Fire Company Number 1, and the Old Village Fire Company. The MTFD Air Unit as well as the Safety Unit responded and operated at the scene.  


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Middletown EMS units from Fairview Fist Aid responded and provided rehab as well medical services.    

All units operated safely under the supervision of Fire Department Chief Anthony Citarella.

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...