March 24,1999
At 4:30 PM gas company workers reported at fire at 230 Bay Avenue in Highlands. The building was a 3 1/2 story structure with a Chinese resturant on the first floor and two apartments abobe. Police and a First Aid Captain were first on the scene and entered the building to alert the residents as flames were coming from an open door in the back of the building. Both police officers required oxygen for smoke inhalation. Upon arrival of the first fire department units; Chief Joe Blewett immeidately call for mutual aid. Assiting the 3 engines and the aerial from Highlands were a pumper and aerial from Atlantic Highlands, a pumper and a the WaterChief from Sea Bright and an aerial and the Air Unit from Middletown Township. The Monmouth County Fire Marshal and the County Field Comm Unit also responded. The ballon construction of the building allowed for a quick spread of the fire and also created pockets where flames could burn undetected from the outside. The interior attack team also had difficulty working their way through the resturant dining room and the kithcen to get to the source of the fire. The interior of the builidng was destroyed in it's scheduled for demoliton. Firemem were on scene until around 9 PM that night.