November 15, 2020, updated 11/16/2020 with information from West Windsor Police below the original story:
WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 6:00 pm a garage fire attached to a house was reported on fire in the 1st block of Springwood Drive. Firefighters responding reported smoke showing prior to arrival and called for a full first alarm. Upon arrival firefighters stretched a 2 1/2″ line and immediately extinguished the fire, saving the home. The fire was under control in less than 10 minutes. At the scene were Princeton Junction Fire Company, Plainsboro Fire Department, West Windsor Emergency Service and West Windsor Fire Company. The fire was under investigation by the West Windsor Township Fire Marshal.
Monday morning update from West Windsor Police:
On Sunday November 15, 2020 at 5:56 pm, Stations #43 & #44 and Patrol Units were detailed to a residence on Springwood Drive on a report of a fire in the garage (attached to residence). Ptl. Buchanan was first on scene and noticed observed flames in the garage area. Initially, Ptl. Buchanan battled the flames with his Chemical Extinguisher without success. Although the home was undergoing renovations and was possibly unoccupied, Ptl. Buchanan still gained entry through the front door of the residence where he was met by ovewhelming smoke. Ptl. Buchanan began to yell inside of the structure to confirm that nobody was inside as he was thwarted from further entry by the thick smoke. Station #44 arrived on scene and qucikly extinguished the fire while preventing further substantial damage to the dwelling. In addition, Station #44 searched the remainder of the residence and confirmed that nobody was inside.
The initial investigation revealed the following; the residence was undergoing cosmetic renovations after recently being sold to a new owner. Some supplies of the contractor had been inside of the garage area. The fire began in the garage bay area closest to the remainder of the residence. The fire/water damage was minor/moderate to the garage area while smoke damage was found in the garage, dining/living room area and foyer.
There were no injuries to any of the First Responders. Although initial findings that there was nothing suspicious in the fire, the WWPD Detective Bureau is continuing the investigation along with our partners at the WW Division of Fire & Emergency Services, If anyone has any pertinent information into the fire please contact Det. W. Jones #84 at (609) 799-1222 or WJones@westwindsorpolice.com.
1) Det. Lt. Lee #359
2) Sgt. Loretucci #476
3) Det. W. Jones #84
4) Ptl. Hoffman #110
5) WW Div of Fire & Emergency Services
6) Prin. Jct. Vol. Fire Co. Station #44
7) WW Vol. Fire Co. Station #43
8) Plainsboro Vol. Fire Co. Station #49
9) WW Building Authority