MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The devastation of a house fire reported by TAPinto Middletown on Sunday night has come into clearer focus after the Middletown Fire Department's Public Information Officer Dennis Fowler released details about the fire in the Chapel Hill section of Middletown Township. The fast moving fire at 248 Chapel Hill Road was reported by a neighbor and resulted in the MFD dispatched at 9:22PM. Flames were coming out of the first floor windows of one-story ranch structure.
According to Fowler, "the occupant had evacuated the structure to a neighbor prior to fire department arrival.  Fire Chief John Friedman requested additional companies 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 1,000’ away delivered water to the fire scene.  Two initial 1 ¾” and a 2 ½” attack line were deployed to the interior of the structure.  Search and rescue teams confirmed the structure was unoccupied, unfortunately a family pet was unable to escape from the fire.  Thermal imaging cameras were employed to ensure all fire was found and extinguished.  Ventilation fans were employed to remove the smoke from the structure.The fire was called under control by Chief John Friedman at 10:15p.m.  All units were cleared from the scene at 11:27p.m."

Middletown has a significant presence in the firefighting community and the residents benefit from such a strong show of force to battle a blaze. In this instance, the department stated that "approximately 56 members from 4 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call from Brevent Park, Community, Middletown Number 1, River Plaza Hose Companies. The MTFD Air Unit and the Safety Unit responded.

Ten Emergency Medical Service members from Leonardo, Middletown, and Port Monmouth Squads responded with three ambulances to provided assessment of the resident and firefighter rehabilitation and medical services to all firefighters.  No firefighter injuries were reported.  

All units operated safely under the supervision of Middletown Township Fire Department Fire Chief John Friedman. The fire is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Marshal’s office."