Sunday, January 13, 2013
Nobody was hurt, and the fire was contained to the room by the Middletown Township Fire Dept.
When Carmen Ramos returned to the Comfort Inn on Route 35 in Middletown Sunday night, she saw fire trucks rolling out of the parking lot. When she pulled up outside her ground floor room, she was stunned to see the plate glass wall shattered, and the bed and furniture inside blackened by smoke and soaked by water. "What happened!" said Ramos, a FEMA worker from Kissimmee, Florida who has been working in Lincroft since November. "Oh gosh!" she said. A fire in her room set off an alarm at 5:32 p.m. and drew firefighters from four township fire companies and three first aid squads. Luckily nobody was injured, and the fire was contained and under control by 5:59 p.m. The smell of the smoke from the fire could be detected as far away as …
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Deputy Fire Chief Andy Spears speaks from personal experience
People pass through our lives for different, sometimes random, reasons. Sometimes there’s a connection and they stay around for a while. Sometimes they flit in and out through business or acquaintance, and their faces and names become nothing more than familiar or forgotten altogether. Sometimes, too, strangers are in and out of our lives at a moment’s notice and we never forget them. The latter was the case for Middletown Fire Department Deputy Chief Andy Spears and his volunteer firefighter colleagues. And it was the same for several other people touched by the situation through virtual strangers they’ll now never forget — the four victims of the fatal fire on Statesir Place. They were: Sheridan (Sheri) Banovich, her daughter Deidre, …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Videographer Steve Rogers was on the scene to document the aftermath
Following the tragic deaths of four in a fatal fire on Statesir Place that engulfed the Banovich home in the early morning hours of April 19, Middletown firefighters tended to the scene as police and investigators went about the task of determining a cause. New Jersey Natural Gas was on the site securing and cutting off lines to the home. News crews from all local major agencies were present reporting on the incident described as "devastating" by many. Neighbors gathered to offer support to one another, talk, mourn and remember. Some were strangers feeling helpless to help. Patch spoke with them.