July 12, 2021
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Several 9-1-1 calls were received reporting a vehicle on fire next to the gas pumps at the NJ Turnpike at the 6S Richard Stockton Service Area around 1:40 p.m., smoke could be seen billowing from the sky over 5 miles away. Hamilton Township Fire Department, Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Bordentown Township were dispatched to the scene of the fire.
Upon arrival first crews reported heavy fire from a vehicle and fire that was extending to gas pumps and the canopy over the gas pumps. Fire crews went in service with a 1 3/4″ hand line and quickly knocked down the fire. The ladder company extended the ladder to check for extension on top of the canopy.
The vehicle was destroyed as well as the gas pump suffered heavy damage. Heavy smoke and some flame damaged the canopy. It appeared that near by security camera was melted in the fire from the heat as well as the light fixtures.
The Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal was on scene investigating and assisting a Fire Marshal from the State of New Jersey Division of Fire Safety. There was no word on the cause and the fire is still under investigation. Fire Marshals were reviewing security footage at the time of this report.
NJ State Police were also on scene.
If more information becomes available the story will be updated.