MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 07:36 AM on Friday, November 26, 2021, the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to yet another residential structure fire. This was the third residential fire in less than a week the department responded to.
Dispatched as a basement fire, upon arrival firefighters from Middletown MTFD Station 8 & Old Village MTFD Station 11 and responding chiefs, were met at the front door with heavy black smoke, banked down to the floor as they made entry. The incident Commander of this incident was Chief William Kane Jr who upon arrival with Operations Chief Anthony Fulciniti requested a Rapid Intervention Team from East Keansburg MTFD Station 5 and an additional engine response from Belford Engine MTFD Station 3.
With reports of thick heavy black smoke from the first arriving police units, Chief Anthony Fulciniti and Chief Russ Mount made entry into the structure as a team, so as to locate the seat of the fire with thermal imaging cameras. They performed this difficult task, below grade and with zero visibility had it not been for this essential equipment needed to locate a fire as fast as possible. Chief Kane, ordered an attack line into the building right off; from the first arriving engine, knowing how difficult and challenging basement fires can be.
Middletown Station 8’s engine was the first to arrive and made rapid entry with the requested attack line as Operations Chief Fulciniti, requested all arriving manpower stage at the front of the structure to rapidly rotate firefighters into this operation if needed. Old Village Station 11 provided a water source and Middletown Station 8’s Ladder positioned itself in front of the building for vertical ventilation if needed. Belford Engine provided the manpower pool and East Keansburg set up RIT Operations.
The Fire suppression operation was quick and efficient that prevented any major structural damage to the residence. There were no firefighter nor civilian injuries during this fire and the incident was declared under control within 30 minutes.
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The structure sustained smoke and soot damage to the upper floors but the fire never got beyond the area of origin in the basement due to a quick response and aggressive fire attack.
The fire was declared under control by Chief William Kane Jr. at 08:08 AM and all units were cleared from the scene by 08:40 AM.
Approximately 30 firefighters from 4 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call. Old Village Sta. 11, Middletown Sta. 8, Belford Engine Sta.3, East Keansburg Sta. 5 as did the Middletown Safety and Air Unit.
The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Marshall’s office under the direction of Fire Marshal Edward Skelly.