Friday, May 10, 2013
The fire was quickly under control.
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Friday, May 10
A Thursday morning structure fire at the Lawrence Plaza Apartments led to two minor injuries and a building evacuation, but Lawrence Township firefighters had the blaze under control in less than 30 minutes. A preliminary investigation by police and fire officials indicate that a resident accidentally caused the fire, according to Lawrence Township Police. By 3 p.m. on Thursday, 42 apartments were still evacuated due to fire, smoke and water damage. Evacuees were staying in other apartments or with friends and family. According to police, a resident of the apartment complex at 2350 Princeton Pike reported the fire at 10:33 a.m. on Thursday. When police and firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw heavy smoke on the third floor of …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Lawrence Township police earlier this week charged Paul Wilkins, 29, of Ewing, with arson for allegedly starting a brush fire on Monday. Wilkins previously served time in prison for starting a three-alarm blaze in Philadelphia.
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Friday, March 29
A man who served time in prison for starting a fire in 2006 that destroyed a Philadelphia shelter for men battling alcoholism and drug addiction was arrested this week for allegedly starting a brush fire in Lawrence Township. Lawrence Township police said they arrested Paul Wilkins, 29, of Kirk Avenue, Ewing Township, on Wednesday (March 27) and charged him with arson in connection with the blaze that burned a small area of woods behind the Exxon gas station at the corner of Brunswick Pike (Business Route 1) and Texas Avenue two days earlier. It was 9:21 p.m. on Monday, March 25, when township police and volunteer firefighters were alerted to the blaze. The fire was quickly extinguished, with no significant damage reported. With snow and …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The blaze on Drift Avenue in Lawrence Township was reported about 3:40 a.m. Thursday.
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Thursday, March 21
An early-morning fire destroyed a car parked in the driveway of a home in the 100 block of Lawrence Township today, Thursday, March 21. Police said the blaze was reported about 3:40 a.m. after it was spotted by a passing newspaper deliveryman. The front of the vehicle was engulfed in flames when police officers and volunteer firefighters arrived on the scene. The blaze was extinguished by crews from the Lawrenceville, Lawrence Road and Slackwood volunteer fire companies. There was no damage sustained to the nearby residence. The cause of the fire was being investigated by officials from the township fire marshal's office.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The blaze on Teak Lane was quickly extinguished.
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Sunday, March 10
A chimney fire at a residence on Teak Lane was extinguished before it could cause any significant damage today (Sunday, March 10). The blaze – which was reported at 5 p.m. – burned creosote and other combustion by-products that, over time, accumulated on the inside walls of the chimney and clogged the flue, fire officials said. Arriving on the scene to find smoke coming from the rear of the house, firefighters from the township’s three volunteer fire companies – Lawrenceville, Lawrence Road and Slackwood – raised ladders to the roof and dropped chains down the flue to break up the burning material, which then fell into metal buckets that had been placed at the bottom of the fireplace. Devices used to detect heat known as thermal imaging …
Friday, March 1, 2013
A cooking mishap started the fire on Sturwood Way Wednesday, Lawrence Township police said.
A cooking mishap led to a small kitchen fire Wednesday evening (Feb. 27) that sent a Lawrence Township woman to a local hospital for treatment of burns she suffered to her hands, according to township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry. The 24-year-old was heating up a pan of cooking oil on the stove when she stepped away to use the bathroom, he said. When she returned to the kitchen, she found that the oil had ignited. Ubry said the woman carried the blazing pan of oil to the nearby kitchen sink and, in turn, set some kitchen curtains alight. She then turned on the water in an effort to douse the flames. While she was ultimately successful in extinguishing the fire, the water caused the hot oil to splatter and burn her hands, he said. Crews …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Fire officials said roofing contractors accidentally started today's blaze. Originally built in 1885 and rebuilt following a fire in 1892, Woodhull House is one of the private boarding school’s student dormitories.
Roofing contractors this morning (Feb. 26) accidentally started a fire that resulted in a large emergency response but caused only minimal damaged to the historic Woodhull House on the Lawrenceville School campus in the 2500 block of Route 206 (Main Street/Lawrence Road). Built in the late 19th century as one of the private boarding school’s student dormitories, the Queen Anne-style building is in the process of having its roof replaced, according to Jennifer Szwalek, the school’s director of communications. The roofers were soldering pieces of copper flashing when they accidentally ignited one of the building’s dormers, township fire officials said, noting that the roofers quickly formed a “bucket brigade” to carry pails of water up a …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
According to the National Weather Service, wind gusts in excess of 40 mph were recorded in the Trenton area today (Jan. 31).
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Thursday, January 31
With wind gusts in excess of 40 mph, today's (Jan. 31) weather has toppled trees and caused problems with overhead electrical wires. This morning, Teak Lane was blocked by a fallen tree. And Princeton Pike/Mercer Street was closed for a during the morning commute after a tree fell across the road near Galliup Road in Princeton, just north of the Lawrence Township border. And about 12:30 p.m. today, Lawrence Township police and firefighters closed the intersection of Lake Drive, Nathan Hale Drive and Cambridge Avenue for over an hour after overhead electrical wires started to arc and burn part of a tree. PSE&G personnel had to be called out to shut off power to the wires.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A crew of firefighters from Lawrence Township helped battle the fire on Sixth Street early today, Jan. 29.
Ewing Township’s three volunteer fire companies, aided by a crew from Lawrence Township’s Lawrence Road Volunteer Fire Co., battled a blaze in a vacant apartment building at 1576 Sixth St., near North Olden Avenue, early today, Tuesday, Jan. 29. Ewing Township police and firefighters, who were alerted about 12:10 a.m., said they arrived on the scene to find much of the two-story dwelling ablaze. Multiple hoselines were quickly put to work. Adding to the dangerous situation was the fact that one of the overhead electrical wires still connected to the building burned through and fell into the street. The area around the fallen wire was cordoned off with caution tape until PSE&G personnel were able to turn the power off. Ewing firefighters …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Smoke spotted wafting over Princeton Pike on Saturday and Sunday was from a smoldering mulch pile at Lawrence Township’s Joseph H. Maher Jr. Ecological Center.
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Monday, January 7
Volunteer firefighters from Lawrenceville Fire Co. were called out on Saturday (Jan. 5) and Sunday (Jan. 6) to extinguish fires in a large pile of mulch at Lawrence Township’s Joseph H. Maher Jr. Ecological Center at 3701 Princeton Pike. Firefighters, who responded about 3:30 p.m. Saturday after smoke was seen wafting across Princeton Pike, said they spent about an hour spraying water on the smoldering pile. The fire company was called back about 2:30 p.m. Sunday after the pile reignited. A township public works department employee used a front-end loader to break apart the mound of mulch to help with the firefighting effort. Grass, leaves, wood chips and other organic materials found in mulch generate heat as they decompose, and can …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
While there were no injuries reported during the smoky Tuesday night blaze, the house is temporarily uninhabitable, officials said.
A house on Arcadia Avenue, off Rolfe Avenue in the Eldridge Park section of Lawrence Township, was damaged by a fire that broke out this evening (Tuesday, Dec. 4) while the residents were not at home, township fire and police officials said. The blaze started in the area of the home’s heater, located in an attic crawlspace on the second floor of the home, according to police Sgt. Tim Drew. While residents reported having an electrical problem with the heater earlier in the day, the precise cause of the fire remains under investigation by Lawrence Township Fire Marshal Dale Robbins, along with Detective Kevin Reading Jr. and Officer Robert Loveless from the police department, officials said. Drew said residents called 911 at 6:35 p.m. after…