Lawrence Township police and fire officials are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding a blaze that damaged a vehicle and home in the 2200 block of Brunswick Pike (Business Route 1) this afternoon (Thursday, Nov. 29).
It was about 12:20 p.m. today when authorities received a 911 call reporting a vehicle fire in the area of Brunswick Pike and President Avenue. At that time, the township’s daytime duty crew of career firefighters and volunteer firefighters from Slackwood Fire Co. were dispatched.
Police Officer Robert Loveless was the first emergency responder to arrive on the scene. He found the engine compartment of a Subaru Legacy on fire; the vehicle was parked only a few feet from the front of the home at 2256 Brunswick Pike.
The owner of both the vehicle and the home, identified by police as 54-year-old Ju Huang, was standing in the shoulder of the roadway and was visibly distraught as she watched the fire. Concerned that Huang might get hit by a passing vehicle, Loveless immediately escorted her out of the road and away from the rapidly-intensifying fire.
Based on a radio report from Loveless that flames from the Subaru were starting to spread to the front of the adjacent house, Slackwood Fire Co. Deputy Chief Marty Sudol immediately called for additional resources to be dispatched from Lawrence Road and Lawrenceville volunteer fire companies.
Ultimately, firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in a matter of minutes. While a section of the front siding and front porch soffit were burned and melted, the fire did not spread to the interior of the house. A fan was used, however, to clear away some smoke that got into the home.
The engine compartment of the Subaru, meanwhile, was gutted by the flames.
Due to her emotional state, Huang was transported to a local hospital as a precaution, police said.
Witnesses to the fire are asked to call Officer Loveless at (609) 896-1111.
Today's fire comes less than 24 hours after another blaze destroyed a garage and Ford Bronco in the 100 block of Oaklyn Terrace Wednesday evening.