Members of the Kingston Fire Department helped battle a two-alarm blaze that badly damaged an apartment building just over the Princeton Township border in Montgomery Township late Tuesday night (March 6).
On Tuesday March 7 at 11:17 p.m. Montgomery Police were dispatched to a reported smoke condition at the Blue Spring Apartment complex Building #13. The first arriving police officer found heavy smoke originating from a second-story apartment and began evacuating residents from the building. Within a few minutes flames erupted through the roof of the building.
Montgomery Fire Companies #1 and #2, and Montgomery EMS responded. Additional fire departments from Rocky Hill, Hopewell, Franklin, Princeton, and South Brunswick, as well as the Somerset County Fire Coordinator assisted and brought the fire under control in about 45 minutes. The fire caused extensive damage to the building and burned through one-third of the entire roof.
Blue Spring Apartments, situated along Blue Spring Road, consists of 13 garden style multiple unit apartment buildings. Building #13 consists of 12 units. At the time of the fire half the apartments were occupied. Two of the units were vacant and the residents of the other 10 units have been displaced. All the residents that were present were able to locate alternate housing for the night and the American Red Cross responded to offer their assistance. There were no injuries reported.
The building was determined uninhabitable by the Montgomery Township Fire Inspector.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by Montgomery fire Officials and the Montgomery Police Department.