Smoky fire leaves Belford house with heavy damage
A blaze that ripped through the attic of a Belford house Thursday night remains under the eye of the Middletown Township Fire Marshall's Office.
According to Middletown FD Public Information Officer Dennis Fowler, 40 firefighters from the Belford Engine, Community, and Belford Independent Fire Companies, and the Air Unit, responded to the East Road blaze at about 8:48 PM, brought it under control by 9:10, and cleared the area by 10:50. The occupants were evacuated, and no injuries were reported.
Firefighters reportedly arrived to find smoke emanating from the garage roof eaves. They rolled out 1 3/4" lines while venting the roof to let heat escape from the attic, then secured the attic contents to prevent spread of flames to other parts of the house.
At the same time, first-responders revved up fans to push smoke out of the attic, garage and main living area, all of which sustained significant smoke damage, Fowler said.
Emergency Medical Technicians from the Leonardo, Lincroft and Port Monmouth First Aid squads responoded to the site. Operations were directed by Middletown First Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Schweitzer.