RARITAN TWP., NJ – A fire at Hunterdon Central High School last night appears “to be accidental in nature,” according to a press release from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.
The fire prompted Hunterdon Central officials to close the school for classes today.
Witnesses reported seeing smoke and flames coming from a storage room in the school around 8:55, Kearns said.
Multiple fire companies, including Flemington Fire Department, Raritan Township Fire Department, Lebanon Borough Volunteer Fire Company, and Readington Volunteer Fire Company, responded to the scene and quickly got the fire under control and extinguished it, Kearns said.
Damage to the interior of the building was minimal, Kearns said. However, electrical power was disconnected to the building as part of the investigation.
Kearns said that while the fire seems accidental, “no specific cause has been identified at this time.”
The fire investigation was under the supervision of Kearns’s Arson Task Force, Raritan Township police and Raritan Township Fire Marshal Dennis Concannon.
Additional investigative support on the cause of the fire was provided by investigators from Flemington police and the Hunterdon County Fire Coordinator.
The investigation into the incident was conducted by Det. Scott Iglay and Det. Geoffrey Benz of Raritan Township Police Department.
Hunterdon Central High School officials were on scene and were kept informed of the incident.
The press release was issued jointly by Kearns, his Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski and Raritan Township Police Chief Glenn Tabasko.
There were no reported injuries to fire personnel or anyone at the school.