Pig rescued from fire at 152 Chapel Hill Road. Photo by Laurie Kegley, MTFD Public Information Officer Photographer.
Pig rescued from fire at 152 Chapel Hill Road. Photo by Laurie Kegley, MTFD Public Information Officer Photographer.

Location: 152 Chapel Hill Road, Middletown section of Middletown Township.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 9:26a.m. on Wednesday April 27, 2022 the Middletown Township Fire Department (MTFD) was dispatched to a basement fire reported by the resident reporting there was a fire in the wall of the basement laundry room.

The resident further reported they had applied extinguishers to the fire but the fire was not extinguished, and that the house had many hospice animals in the house and that the fire service could not remove the animals as they are special needs animals.

First arriving, the Middletown Township Police Department unit reported heavy fire in the basement. The first arriving MTFD Deputy Chief John Waltz arrived, confirmed the initial fire report, he then requested backup units, Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) and other support units. 

First arriving engine was assigned to deploy two 1 ¾” hand lines to the basement and first floor. A 5” Large Diameter Hose (LDH) supply line from the nearest fire hydrant 300’ away was deployed.  Simultaneous to the fire suppression efforts, search and rescue operations employing thermal imaging cameras were employed to ensure no others were inside the structure and all fire was found and extinguished.

The following animals were protected by the MTFD’s efforts: 20 cats, 1 turtle, 13 pigs.

The building utilities were secured by New Jersey Natural Gas, Jersey Central Power and Light and New Jersey American Water.

Fire at 152 Chapel Hill Road - Middletown Fire Department
Fire at 152 Chapel Hill Road. Photo by Laurie Kegley, MTFD Public Information Officer Photographer.

The fire was placed under control by MTFD Deputy John Waltz at 9:56a.m. All units were cleared from the scene at 11:06p.m.

Approximately 45 firefighters from 5 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call from Navesink, Community, Middletown Fire Company No.1, River Plaza Hose and Lincroft fire companies.  Additionally the MTFD Air Unit, Fire Police and the Safety Unit also responded.

Eight members of the Lincroft First Aid Squad and Middletown’s Emergency Medical Services provided medical services to all firefighters.  No firefighter injuries were reported.

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

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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