Suspicious Fire Remains Under Investigation In 1 Million Square Feet Warehouse

January 14, 2020

By: Dennis Symons, Jr.

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)—The Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched at 5:38 pm to 24 Applegate Drive tonight for a fire alarm activation in a 1+ million square feet warehouse. Upon arrival of the first due fire apparatus the occupants of the building were evacuated, and an active fire was in a rack storage system involving pallets and plastics. Two sprinkler heads of the building’s ESFR* fire sprinkler system were activated and operating holding the fire “in check” but firefighters still needed to stretch 450 feet of hose to reach the fire and extinguish it completely. Firefighters from surrounding departments including Hamilton Township Fire Department and Hope Fire Company of Allentown assisted at the fire. Firefighters remained on scene for the investigation and to overhaul the fire. No injuries were reported.

Fire Chief Daniel Schaffener stated the cause of the fire remains undetermined but is suspicious in nature. The fire remains under investigation by Robbinsville Township, Fire Marshal Brian Johnson, Robbinsville Township Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

*An ESFR Sprinkler System stands for Early Suppression Fast Response and releases 2 to 3 times the amount of water compared to a conventional system and commonly used to cover rack storage in warehouses as shown in the one photograph of the interior.