At 6:37 a.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021 the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to working a structure fire reported by a neighbor at 135 Clubhouse Drive, North Middletown section of Middletown Township. Upon 6:41a.m. arrival Third Assistant Chief Antony Fulciniti working structure fire with heavy fire showing from the front of the middle unit of an occupied multiple dwelling.

Search and rescue teams and fire suppression lines were deployed immediately upon their arrival. Chief John Friedman requested an additional companies be dispatched for additional firefighters and Rapid Intervention Team support to protect firefighters as they fight the fire. A 5” Large Diameter Hose (LDH) supply line from the nearest fire hydrant 400’ away delivered water to the fire scene. Search and rescue teams searched all townhouses to ensure all occupants had escaped the structure. Two 1 ¾” hose lines extinguished the blaze. Thermal imaging cameras were employed to ensure all fire was found and extinguished. The building utilities were secured by New Jersey Natural Gas, Jersey Central Power and Light and New Jersey American Water.

Structure Fire at Clubhouse Dr. in Middletown
Structure Fire at Clubhouse Dr. in Middletown. Photo by Laurie Kegley, MTFD

After extensive overhaul of involved and adjoining townhouses the fire was called under control by Middletown Township Fire Department Fire Chief John Friedman at 8:58a.m. All units were cleared from the scene at 9:17a.m.

Approximately 50 firefighters from 6 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call from Community, East Keansburg, Belford Independent, Middletown Township Fire Company No. 1, River Plaza and Old Village Fire Companies. The MTFD Air Unit, Safety Unit, Field Communications as well as the Middletown Township Police Department responded.

Middletown Township Emergency Medical Services provided medical services to all firefighters. Ten EMS providers from Middletown and Port Monmouth First Aid Squads provided medical and rehab services. No firefighter injuries were reported.

All units operated safely under the supervision of Middletown Township Fire Department Fire Chief John Friedman.

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

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