A Route 1 house fire Friday evening left the home uninhabitable and displaced six residents. A passing motorist saw flames coming from the second floor of the Route 1 home at 5:40pm and called 911. The two family home at 4014 Route 1 had flames coming out the top floor when Monmouth Junction Fire Chief Scott Smith arrived. Chief Smith quickly requested the full First Alarm assignment.
All three South Brunswick Township fire companies (Monmouth Junction, Kendall Park, Kingston) along with North Brunswick Fire Company #2 and Jamesburg Fire Company battled the fire. It took 45 firefighters twenty minutes to bring the blaze under control. Chief Smith said, “We were able to bring the fire under control quickly but there was extensive overhaul that required us to be on scene till almost 10:30pm.” The Brookview and Old Bridge Fire Companies from East Brunswick covered South Brunswick during the fire.
The second floor resident’s family dog died in the fire. All the occupants had made it out safely and were able to stay with friends or family. The South Brunswick Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
South Brunswick Police had to limit the rush hour traffic to one lane getting by on Route 1 North in the area of the fire scene. There was a two mile backup on Route 1 during the fire.