Marlboro cops rescue man from burning house

MARLBORO – Two Marlboro police officers are credited with rescuing a resident of a house that was on fire on the evening of August 1.

Marlboro Police Department captain Steve Levy reported that at 11:38 p.m., police received a 911 call from the owners at 447 Tivez Road, who informed the police department that there was a possible fire in their residence.

Police officers Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante, Ryan Anzalone and Colin Murray responded to the scene and reported heavy smoke coming out of the attic.

Officers met with the owners and several family members standing outside the residence. At first, family members thought everyone was out of the house, according to Levy.

However, it was quickly learned that there might be a family member still inside the house, possibly on the second floor.

Levy said Gonzalez and Anzalone entered the residence and were able to locate an adult male in a second floor bedroom that was completely filled with smoke. Officers were able to safely escort the man downstairs and out.

The two officers inhaled smoke and were treated on site by members of the Morganville first aid squad.

Firefighters arrived at the residence and were able to extinguish the fire.

A firefighter was taken by ambulance to Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge, for treatment of smoke inhalation, according to Levy.

Tivez Road was closed between Church Road and Duncan Drive for three hours while emergency personnel were on the scene. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but does not appear to be suspicious, Levy said in a press release.

In addition to the Marlboro Police Department, response agencies included the Marlboro Fire Department, Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company (Marlboro), Morganville Fire Department, Marlboro First Aid Squad, Morganville First Aid Squad, the Gordons Corner Fire Company (Manalapan), the Adelphia Fire Company (Howell), the East Freehold Fire Company (Freehold Township), the Freehold Fire Department (Freehold Borough), the Englishtown Fire Department, the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Office of the Marlboro Fire Inspectors.

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