A neighbor’s pounding saved a sleeping Middletown couple from spreading kitchen fire

If not for the neighbor’s knock at the door about a fire Monday afternoon at the Kensington Ridge Apartments in Middletown, Kaelyn and Zachary Haney could have been in more danger.

Kaelyn said they were napping, because Zachary works the night shift, when their neighbor sounded the alarm the best she could.

“We heard our neighbor pounding on the door, running around yelling,” Kaelyn said. “We weren’t sure what was happening until we got up and heard her yelling there’s a fire.”

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Kaelyn said she and Zachary “grabbed our stuff” and ran out of their second-floor unit.

Zachary said they are grateful because they wouldn’t have heard anything unless the neighbor knocked on the door.

Middletown firefighters were dispatched for a stove fire about 5:17 p.m. Monday to the Kensington Ridge Apartments, 730 Kensington Court, according to the fire report.

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Fire Chief Paul Lolli said firefighters found flames shooting from the second-floor windows when they arrived. He said firefighters from Middletown, Monroe and Franklin took about 45 minutes to an hour to put out the fire at the eight-unit building which portions were heavily damaged, while other portions sustained heavy smoke damage. Lolli said 20 to 22 people were displaced as a result of the fire.

Damages were estimated at $175,000 for the structure and $20,000 for the contents, according to the report. No injuries were reported in the blaze.

Lolli said the fire is believed to have started in the area of a kitchen stove in one of the second floor apartment units. However, he said the exact cause of the fire remains undetermined. Lolli said the fire remains under investigation.

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