Middletown structure fire under investigation

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MIDDLETOWN – A fire that occurred on Stavola Road is being investigated by the Middletown Township Fire Marshal’s office.

At 4:38 p.m. Aug. 7, the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a back deck fire on a one-story structure fire at 97 Stavola Road.

Stavola Road is off Sleepy Hollow Road.

Upon arrival, Second Assistant Chief John Waltz declared a reported working structure fire with heavy fire on the back deck, with extension into the main structure, according to a press release.

Waltz requested additional companies to be dispatched for additional firefighters and Rapid Intervention Team support to protect firefighters as they were fighting the blaze.

Waltz directed the first engine to deploy an initial attack line to the front door. Search and rescue teams confirmed the structure was unoccupied. The initial attack line was then backed up by two additional lines which extinguished the fire, according to the press release.

Thermal imaging cameras were employed to ensure all fire was found and extinguished.  Ventilation fans were employed to remove smoke from the structure.

The building’s utilities were secured by New Jersey Natural Gas, Jersey Central Power and Light, and New Jersey American Water, according to the press release.

The fire was called under control by Chief Russell Mount III at 5:10 p.m. All units were cleared from the scene at 7:40 p.m.

Approximately 40 members from five companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call from Navesink, Belford Engine, Community, Middletown No. 1 and River Plaza Hose fire companies.

The Middletown Township Fire Department Air Unit and the Safety Unit also responded.

Six emergency medical services members from the Fairview, Leonardo and Port Monmouth first aid squads responded with three ambulances and a rehabilitation unit to provide firefighter rehabilitation and medical services to all firefighters.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported during the incident, according to the press release.