SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A South Brunswick house caught fire yesterday due to a lawnmower, according to a press release from the police department. All three South Brunswick fire departments- Kendall Park, Monmouth Junction and Kingston- responded to the emergency on Richford Road. Two additional homes were evacuated due to the fire. No one was injured.

            South Brunswick Officer Greg Boldizar and Sergeant Anthony Pisano spotted smoke coming from a home yesterday around 2PM. The families from both houses had already evacuated and were waiting for aid. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire on one side of the house which had spread along the wall into the attic and roof.

            “We used a transitional attack moving from the exterior to the interior to push back the flames. It was a total team effort to bring the fire under control in 15 minutes,” said Kendall Park Fire Chief Chris Perez in a released statement.

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            Also at the scene were the Franklin and North Brunswick fire companies. South Brunswick EMS and North Brunswick aid squad arrived as well.

            A preliminary investigation has determined that the fire was caused by a lawnmower that caught fire and spread to the house. A propane tank also caught on fire, according to the investigation. The South Brunswick Fire Marshal is still conducting an investigation at this time, according to the press release.