February 21, 2021
By: Tyler Eckel
TRENTON (MERCER)– On January 20, 2021 around 1:10 am, Trenton Fire Department responded to the unit block of Elm Street for a reported house fire with entrapment.
Firefighters arrived on the scene of a 2.5 story multi family dwelling with heavy fire showing from the second floor. The “all hands” was transmitted for additional resources and manpower to the scene.
The fire quickly began to spread, damaging several Elm Street homes including the following numerics: 15, 17, 19, 21, and 23. The fire reportedly got up to the fourth alarm before being placed under control.
It is reported that 12 people were displaced by the fire.
Despite heavy fire conditions, firefighters were searching through all the homes in an attempt to rescue the victim trapped. During their search, they located a 46-year-old male, whose name was not released, deceased inside of 19 Elm Street.
“Although the specific cause of the fire is still under investigation, nothing criminal is suspected at this time,” Detective Captain Peter Weremijenko of the Trenton Police Department told MidJersey.News.
Several surrounding fire departments were called into the city, including Hamilton Township Fire Department, Lawrence, Ewing, Bordentown, companies from Pennsylvania, and others.
Trenton also had another house fire the same night
In a second fire, Trenton Fire Department and other mutual aid departments responded to the unit block of Race Street for another house fire that occurred around 5:00 am, which left two people displaced from their home. The fire was placed under control around 5:40 am with no injuries reported.