Fatal Three Alarm Fire Burns 6 Row Homes in Trenton, Several Families Left Homeless on Christmas Morning


Update: 2 people succumbed to injuries in the fire as reported Mayor Reed Gusciora

December 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Christmas was ruined for several families when flames raced through a row of homes in the 200 block of Rusling Street, near Anderson Street, before dawn today (Dec. 25). The three-alarm blaze was fought by city firefighters, with mutual aid at the scene from Hamilton and Bordentown City, and it came just hours after the Trenton Fire Department tackled a two-alarm warehouse fire on South Clinton Avenue. It was about 3:30 a.m. when multiple 911 calls were received reporting a fire at 221 Rusling Street. Firefighters arrived to find the home engulfed in flames, with fire having already spread to several adjacent homes. The second and third alarms were sounded in quick succession as firefighters put multiple hoselines in service and tapped multiple hydrants in the neighborhood to supply water for the firefighting effort. It appeared that at least five homes were affected by the blaze.

Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora stated in a Facebook post from the scene this morning, “6 house fire in Chambersburg in the early morning. Families displaced on Christmas. Fire under investigation but a reminder to not overload circuits, watch space heaters carefully, have a fire escape plan. We pray for the families and any persons so far unaccounted for. 2 people succumbed to injuries in the fire. God bless the families in their time of need. Thanks to Trenton Ladder Companies coming out to scene, EMS, Trenton PD, and County Fire officials. The Red Cross is being called out to assist the families.”

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