Crews from Lawrence, Princeton, East Windsor, Hightstown, Cranbury and South Brunswick were among the firefighters who responded into Plainsboro Township early this morning (Friday, June 15) to help battle a two-alarm blaze that destroyed an eight-unit apartment building.
Plainsboro Township police officers and members of the Plainsboro Volunteer Fire Department were alerted to the blaze on Hunters Glen Drive about 1:40 a.m. “Heavy fire” was showing from Building 1800 when they arrived on the scene, according to both police and fire officials.
Flames extended into the attic and rapidly spread throughout the structure, officials said, adding that a problem with the fire hydrant closest to the burning building hampered firefighting efforts.
All residents were safely evacuated, and one cat was rescued from the building. One firefighter suffered a minor injury, officials said.
Officials said five of the eight units in Building 1800 were gutted by the flames, while the others were badly damaged by fire, smoke and water.
“The entire building was declared uninhabitable,” police said in a news release. “In addition, two units in Building 1600 sustained water damage. The Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management and Central Jersey Red Cross responded, providing temporary shelter and supplies.”
The fire’s cause is under investigation by Plainsboro Township police and the Plainsboro Fire Marshal’s Office.
Helping Plainsboro firefighters battle the blaze were:
- Cranbury Fire Department
- East Windsor Fire Co. #1
- Hightstown Fire Department
- Kendall Park Fire Co. (South Brunswick)
- Kingston Fire Co. (South Brunswick)
- Lawrence Road Fire Co. (Lawrence Township)
- Monroe Township Fire District #2 (Applegarth)
- Monroe Township Fire District #3 (Central Monroe)
- Princeton Fire Department
- Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Emergency Services
- Princeton Junction Fire Co. (West Windsor Township)
- West Windsor Fire Co.
Additional firefighters from East Brunswick, North Brunswick and Jamesburg provided coverage to Plainsboro and responded to a fire alarm system activation in a school while the local firefighters were busy on Hunters Glen Drive.