Middletown Township Fire Department seal

At approximately 3:30pm Saturday, July 31, 2021 the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to 21 Middletown Ave for a reported exterior fire spreading to the residence and cars parked in the driveway. The Navesink and Community Fire Companies were initially dispatched, but due to the amount of phone calls received reporting and confirmation from the first arriving police officer that the house was indeed on fire; Chief William Kane Jr. immediately upgraded the fire department response by adding Brevent Park Fire Company, the Middletown Air and Safety Units as well as the Middletown Fire Marshal’s Office.

The first arriving engine on scene, from Community Fire Company, confirmed the incident and stretched 2 – 1 ¾” handlines as members arriving from Navesink began checking the interior of the home for possible extension. Upon their arrival, members from Brevent Park established a manpower pool as all three contributed to the quick extinguishment of this fire.

Due to the quick response, damage from direct flame contact and radiant heat transfer was limited to the exterior of the home, two parked cars in the driveway and a fence that divided the front and rear yard. The main body of fire, from first arriving responder accounts, was concentrated near the designated garbage container and recycling area located on the west side of the home.

Approximately 35 members of the Middletown Fire Department responded to the scene with no reported civilian or fire personnel injuries.

Chief William Kane Jr. was the incident commander and Chief Anthony Fulcinetti was the operations officer on scene.

The origin and cause of this incident is under investigation by the Middletown Fire Marshal’s Office.

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