MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 5:55 p.m. Wednesday, December 15, 2021 the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a neighbor reported occupied structure fire with smoke issuing from 79 Wilson Avenue, Port Monmouth section of Middletown Township. At 5:57p.m. Second Assistant Chief William Kane confirmed the structure fire with smoke issuing from the dwelling. Chief Kane and Third Assistant Chief Anthony Fulciniti immediately entered the structure to perform search and rescue efforts. The first arriving apparatus sent a fire suppression crew in and immediately extinguished the kitchen fire with an 13/4” hose line. Moments later when the first and second search and rescue efforts were complete, it was confirmed that all residents in fact had evacuated the structure.

Deputy Chief Bernie Chenoweth requested an upgrade to full assignment for additional companies to 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 100’ away delivered water to the fire scene. 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.

After overhaul the fire completed the call under control by Chief Chenoweth at 6:13p.m. All units were cleared from the scene at 7:25p.m.

Approximately 42 firefighters 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, Safety Unit were also requested.

Middletown Township Emergency Medical Services provided medical services to all firefighters. Five EMS providers provided medical and rehab services. No firefighter injuries were reported.


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All units operated safely under the supervision of Middletown Township Fire Department Fire Deputy Chief Bernie Chenoweth.

The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Marshal’s office, under the direction of Fire Marshal Edward Skelly


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