January 15, 2022
January 16, 2022 update: Fire Officials have confirmed that the fire originated from the heater due to malfunction.
WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER) – Firefighters from several towns converged on Millstone Road, off Cranbury Road near Grovers Mill Pond, and endured frigid conditions to battle a structure fire this evening (Saturday, Jan. 15). It was about 5:01 p.m. when West Windsor firefighters were dispatched to the blaze in the one-story, multi-family residence at 15 Millstone Road. Heavy smoke was billowing from the roof when township firefighters arrived. Initially there were reports that someone might be trapped inside, so additional fire companies from East Windsor, Plainsboro, Princeton, and Lawrence were sent to the scene. Fortunately, it was quickly confirmed that no one was trapped and that everyone was safely outside. A significant amount of fire was reportedly in the attic area and firefighters had to cut multiple holes in the roof to vent heat and smoke and also access pockets of fire that were inaccessible from the interior below. The blaze was declared under control about 6:07 p.m. With temperatures staying in the teens, water runoff from firefighters’ hoselines quickly froze and created slippery conditions on both the ground and the roof. A cat that had been inside the burning structure and was reportedly located by firefighters and reunited with its owner. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.