MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 4:21pm on Monday, May 27, 2018 the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched via 911 to a house with fire issuing from the front of the structure at 60 Carter Avenue in the North Middletown section of the Township.

Upon arrival, Third Assistant Chief John Waltz reported heavy fire upon arrival fire issuing from the front right hand side of the structure.  Assistant Chief Waltz ordered first arriving units to perform initial fire suppression deploying two attack lines into the structure.  The residents had self-evacuated the structure.  100’ of 5” Large Diameter Hose (LDH) was deployed from the nearest hydrant which delivered water to scene.  Positive pressure ventilation was used to make the interior safer to work in and help expose hot spots.  Thermal imaging cameras were employed to ensure all fire was found and extinguished.  The structure sustained heavy fire, damage to the first floor, smoke damage throughout the structure.  The buildings utilities were secured by New Jersey Natural Gas and Jersey Central Power and Light.

The fire was called under control by Chief Steve Schweizer at 4:40 p.m.  All units were cleared from the scene at 5:20 p.m.

Approximately 52 members from 5 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call from Belford Engine, Community, East Keansburg, Port Monmouth and Belford Independent Fire Companies. The MTFD Air Unit, and the Safety Unit responded.

No firefighter injuries were reported.  


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Seven Emergency Medical Service members from Middletown Emergency Medical Service and Middletown First Aid & Rescue Squads provided firefighter rehabilitation and medical services. 

All units operated safely under the supervision of Middletown Township Fire Department Chief Steve Schweizer.

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

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