NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A two-alarm fire that started in an abandoned house this morning spread to several nearby buildings before firefighters extinguished the blaze, according to the city.
The call for a fire at 132 Baldwin St. came in at 5:25 a.m. New Brunswick firefighters arrived on scene four minutes later and found “heavy fire” in the empty house and a detached garage, city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw said.
Propane canisters exploded in the garage, but no one was injured, she said.
The blaze reached an occupied home at 134 Baldwin St., she said. Emergency responders evacuated the residents without injury. They returned to the house, which only sustained damage to its exterior, shortly afterward.
The fire also spread to garages at 135 Remsen Ave. and 175 Hale St.
“Our firefighters were able to contain the flames in both cases and damage to those structures was limited to the exterior of both structures,” Bradshaw said via email.
A second alarm came in just after 5:30 a.m., according to the city. The snowstorm, which began around the time of the initial call, contributed to that move.
Firefighters from North Brunswick, East Franklin and East Brunswick then arrived to help battle the blaze.
After controlling the fire, crews cleared the scene by 9:04 a.m., Bradshaw said.
Officials are investigating the cause of the fire at this time.