It took 55 firefighters from 5 companies to douse flames coming from a two-story home on Fish Hawk Drive in Middletown on Thursday night, but there were no injuries to the occupants who had already left the building or any of the first responders.

The Middletown Township Fire Department said that they were dispatched around 7:30 pm to the structure in the Bamm Hollow section.

As they were heading to the scene, flames were coming from windows and Middletown Police reported working structure fire upon their arrival.

The Fire Chief and Lincroft Fire Company noticed heavy fire at the back of the structure with extension into the first and second floors.

Search and rescue teams were able to to go into the structure and confirm it was unoccupied.

The fire was put out and ventilation fans were employed to remove the smoke from the structure.

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

Fire Chief Russell Mount III said the fire was under control by 8:20 pm and all units were cleared from the scene by 10:05p.m.

There was around 55 members from 5 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call from Belford Engine, Community, Middletown Number 1, River Plaza Hose and Lincroft Fire Companies at the scene.

The MTFD Air Unit and the Safety Unit also responded.

Fifteen Emergency Medical Service members from Leonardo, Middletown, Port Monmouth and Lincroft First Aid Squads responded with four ambulances to provide treatment and transportation of the two residents to Riverview Medical Center and firefighter rehabilitation and medical services to all firefighters.

Keansburg First Aid provided support as well as a Medical Ambulance Bus (MAB).

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


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