January 16, 2022
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 1st Block of Tindall Road at 1:12 p.m. for a reported house fire. Numerous passersby that called 9-1-1 were reporting heavy smoke and flames from the roof area of the structure.
First arriving firefighters reported they had a large amount of fire showing through the roof and rear of the structure and were in the process of pulling handlines to start to extinguish the fire. A number of mutual aid departments were called to the scene and three lines were stretched and operating to extinguish the fire. The fire was placed under control around 2:00 p.m.
The fire investigation team including Robbinsville Police, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal were all on scene this afternoon and worked to determine the cause of the fire. Fire Officials told MidJersey.News that they located the source of the fire and fire was determined to be accidental.
Fire departments dispatched to the scene were Hamilton, East Windsor, Monroe, Hightstown, West Windsor. Bordentown and Allentown covered the township for any additional calls.
Robbinsville Police had the roadway shut down in the area of the fire and was reopened later this afternoon.
Since our earlier report a GoFundMe has been set up for the family that lives in the home, please see the links and information from the GoFundMe below:
Please consider a donation to the DiMeglio family the links to the GoFundMe below:
Hi, my name is Vinny DiMeglio. I am writing on behalf of my parents Susan & Luigi DiMeglio. My parents have always been very selfless and have never extended a hand to ask for anything. As the saying goes, “their door is always open.” They give and give and never ask. This is why I am creating this account for them because even in a time of need, I don’t think they would ask for anything.
Today, our family home since 1994 accidentally caught fire. The damage is extensive and it’s questionable whether or not the house can be saved. Thankfully, and more importantly, no one was hurt. We tried to salvage what we could but so much has been ruined. It’s a funny thing. If you live in Robbinsville, you probably know our home. It’s unique and stands out among the rest. It feels like even if you don’t know me or my family, well, you probably know our house. Who knows if it can be restored to its former self.
Let me tell you about the two amazing and wonderful people that need your help.
My Father, an Italian immigrant since the 1960s has worked every day since he arrived in the US when he was 9 years old. He’s owned many food businesses throughout the years and has fed more mouths than I could ever count. He’s been there feeding you and your family through good times, bad times, or for just a simple meal. But he’s always been there. Sadly, to make matters worse, he’s been out of work since the start of Covid, picking up odds and ends where he can but without work, it’s left him and my Mom in a difficult situation.
My Mother, aside from being a grace from God for raising me and my brothers (Frank & Anthony), was a Speech Pathologist with Mercer County Special Services for nearly 30 years before she retired. The work that she did for many can not adequately be described. A brief example: When I was 14, a woman tapped my Mom on the shoulder to say hello. When I asked the woman how she knew my Mom, she very sincerely said “Your Mom taught my son to speak.” I’ll never forget that moment because until then, I didn’t know how much of a superhero my Mom actually is.
Look, this isn’t easy for me to write. I always think of my parents as being very successful and full of blessings. But the last two years have not been easy and now without their home, the next year is likely to be very challenging. I want to do whatever I can to help. They’ve been members of the Robbinsville community since 1994 and more specifically Mercer County for decades. For the first time, they need your help.
Please consider donating whatever you can. I know it’s cliche but even the smallest amount will help. The next few days and weeks will be extremely challenging for them and if I can take one stress away then well, I’ve done my job. If you can’t donate then a positive thought, text or even a prayer would mean the world to us.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we truly hope for a better tomorrow for all!
Go to this link to donate: https://gofund.me/085da3e9