On October 24th at approximately 4:00am, South Brunswick Police responded to an active mobile home fire in the Brookside Mobile Home Park. Upon arrival to the scene, officers reported that the fire had spread to a second mobile home.

All occupants of the mobile homes that were in flames were able to get to safety prior to the arrival of the police, and all remaining occupants of mobile homes in close proximity to the fires were safely evacuated by officers. Four pets were unable to be rescued from the fires, and perished in the incident.

“When we arrived, there were heavy fire conditions coming from both mobile homes,” said Scott Smith, Monmouth Junction Fire Chief. “There were also five additional mobile homes in jeopardy when we arrived. Firefighters on the scene aggressively attacked the fire to get it under control.”

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A total of 50 firefighters from all three South Brunswick Fire Departments - including Monmouth Junction, Kendall Park, and Kingston – were involved in the extinguishing efforts, along with North Brunswick Engine 2, East Brunswick Brookview, and Jamesburg Fire Departments. The situation was under control in approximately 30 minutes.

The Monmouth Junction First Aid Squad was also on the scene, but no injuries were reported.

Three residents have been displaced by the incident, and are expected to be relocated by the Brookside Mobile Home Park management.  

While it appears to be accidental, the fire is currently being investigated by the South Brunswick Fire Marshal. If anyone has information pertaining to the investigation, they are encouraged to contact the South Brunswick Police Department. Detective Dennis Yuhasz can be reached at 732-329-4646 or by email at dyuhasz@sbtnj.net.

For photos and videos from the scene along with additional updates on the investigation, readers can also refer to the South Brunswick Police Department’s Twitter feed by following @SoBrunswickPD.