Middletown fire crews were able to quickly douse flames that arose at a home on Maple Leaf Drive Belford Thursday morning around 10:42 am.

The blaze appeared to have begun in the upstairs bathroom and spread to the attic.

There were two occupants within the home at the time the fire was reported and both had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department.

During suppression operations the interior fire crew reported that the flames had extended into the attic.

Fire Chief Steve Schweizer directed manpower to suppress the fire extension, ventilate the structure and extinguish all remaining hot spots.

The fire was declared under control at 11:02 am.

The structure sustained moderate fire damage to the bathroom and the attic area directly above the bathroom.

Smoke damage exceeded the above-mentioned area of origin to other parts of the home.

Eighteen firefighters responded to the scene from three Middletown Township Fire Companies including the Safety Unit and Belford Engine, Belford Independent and Community Fire Company from Leonardo.

There were no firefighter injuries, but one Middletown Police Officer was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

All fire units were clear for the scene at 11:43 am.

The fire is under investigation by the Middletown Fire Marshall’s Office.

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