A photographer captured a phenomenal image of a fire chief escaping a multi-alarm fire that destroyed two Jersey Shore homes Tuesday. Mutual aid Long Branch Fire Chief Ronald Guidetti was trapped on the top floor of one of the Monmouth Beach homes. Unable to utilize the interior stairwell, he made his way to a window and found no egress ladder. He removed his face piece as he was running out of air to get the attention of members operating on the exterior. The chief self-rescued onto the stick of Truck 91 as the top floor conditions deteriorated rapidly.
The three-alarm fire broke out late Tuesday morning at one of the homes on Valentine Street off Riverdale Avenue. High winds blew the fire to a neighboring home.
Within 40 minutes, the Incident Commander ordered both buildings evacuated. No injuries were reported.
Joining their Monmouth Beach and Long Branch at the scene were firefighters from Sea Bright, Asbury Park, Neptune Township, Little Silver, Fair Haven, Middletown, Oceanport, Elberon and Deal. Also responding were Monmouth Beach police, the first aid squads of Monmouth Beach and Atlantic Highlands and the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and Deputy EMS coordinators.
Meanwhile, the Long Branch Professional Firefighters Association called Chief Guidetti’s escape “a stark reminder to stay sharp and always train.”