NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A fire in a multi-family house on Maple Street this week booted roughly 15 people from their homes, according to a city official.
The call for a blaze at 10 Maple St., between Somerset Street and Brookside Avenue, came in at 11:48 p.m. May 3, city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw told TAPinto New Brunswick. Firefighters arrived on scene four minutes later and found smoke and flames on the right and rear portions of the first floor, she said.
They got the fire under control within 15 minutes, she said. By 2:20 a.m. May 4, firefighters cleared the scene.
No injuries occurred as a result of the fire, Bradshaw said.
But emergency responders summoned the American Red Cross to help relocate the building’s 15 residents. The fire left the structure uninhabitable, Bradshaw said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
It took place in a two-and-a-half story, wood-frame building with several individual residences.
The department called in a second alarm to request help from nearby fire companies. The backups covered other duties, as New Brunswick had deployed three fire engines and a ladder truck to the Maple Street incident, Bradshaw said.