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At approximately 9:12 PM last evening the Millstone Township Fire Company and First Aid squad was dispatched for a possible home struck by lightning. 3290 (Lt. Maloney) and 3266 (Fiore) arrived to find a 2.5 story residential home with light smoke coming from the rear of the structure. Lt. Alan South took operations and directed crews to the rear and interior where the fire was found in the chimney with some extension to the interior ceiling. 3275 (Wehmann) arrived with Deputy Chief Wagner who assumed operations. A 2nd alarm was sounded for additional manpower and to ensure adequate water was available. The fire was knocked down and placed under control at 9:50. Crews remained on scene to complete overhaul and salvage operations. The Monmouth County Fire Marshall’s Office handled the investigation. Thank you to our outstanding mutual aid companies 82-1 Allentown, Station 56 Jackson, Station 41 Hightstown, Station 57 Monroe and Applegarth and 26-2 Manalapan Millhurst.
Friday night May 19th the Millstone Township Fire Company was dispatched mutual aid into Jackson on Rt. 537 by Great Adventure for a reported multiple vehicle accident with possible entrapment. Engine 3275 (Bice), Rescue 3285 (Wehmann) and 3266 (Chief Fiore) responded. While enroute reports confirmed heavy entrapment in multiple vehicles. Jackson Station 56 and New Egypt 39 were also dispatched. Upon arrival all hands went to work with extrication tools on each vehicle. Jackson EMS coordinated multiple BLS/ALS units and also requested medivacs for each patient. The LZ was set up at Great Adventure. NJSP closed a portion of 537 for several hours while they completed an investigation.
At approximately 5:30 AM on Saturday, April 29th the Millstone Township Fire Company was dispatched as mutual aid into Manalapan Township for a reported structure fire. Shortly after dispatch the call was upgraded to a confirmed structure fire with fire showing through the roof. Millstone’s ladder (32-90) led by Deputy Chief Wagner, Tanker (32-96) driven by FF Jim Carbin and Chief Fiore (32-66) responded along with fire companies from Englishtown (12-1), Freehold Independent (16-1), Monroe Station 57 and RIT Adelphia (19-2).
Crews from all companies were met with heavy fire conditions. An interior attack was initially made but due to the large size of the home and roof collapse all crews were ordered out of the structure. Command switched to a defensive attack placing Millstone’s Ladder 32-90 into service with additional blitz lines. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down crews re-entered the structure knocking down hot spots and began overhaul operations.
The fire is believed to have been started by a lightning strike and is under investigation by the Monmouth County Fire Marshall’s office. No injuries were reported.