MIDDLETOWN, NJ - At 03:59 PM on Saturday, November 26, 2016, the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a “possible structure fire” at 100 Hancock Court in the River Plaza section of the Township. The resident was in the structure during the early stages of the fire. The initial calls to 911 were from neighbors. Upon arrival Deputy Chief Anthony Citarella reported heavy fire issuing from the second floor of the 2 1/2 story condominium. Initial attack was two 1 ¾ interior attack lines, due to the heavy volume of fire a blitz attack was order to darken down the heavy fire.
Thermal Imaging Cameras (TIC) were employed to check for extension of the fire. The aggressive attack contained the fire to primarily the apartment of origin. The apartment of origin sustained heavy fire damage, the apartment below suffered heavy water damage. The two apartments adjoining the fire apartment (first and second floors) suffered some cosmetic damage as ceilings and walls were opened up ensure no fire extension, this was necessary due to the heavy volume of fire.
Simultaneously to the fire suppression operations, Old Village Fire Company conducted a medevac land zone of the burn victim at Middletown High School South.
Approximately 65 members from 5 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department (Community, Middletown Number One, River Plaza Hose, Lincroft and Old Village Fire Companies additional support from the MTFD Air Unit, under the command of Department Chief John Gorsegner, responded to the scene.
The fire was declared under control by 4:45 PM. The last units cleared the scene by 11:00 PM.
There was several civilian injuries during the incident. They were treated and transported to Riverview Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Burn Center. Twelve Emergency Medical Service workers provided EMS support. EMS also provided firefighter rehabilitation services. The following squads provided the EMS support Fairview, Leonardo, Lincroft and Port Monmouth First Aid Squads.
The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Marshall’s office.
Photos provide by MTFD PIO Laura Kegley