DUNELLEN, NJ — Fire crews from Piscataway’s New Market Fire Department assisted in battling a sunrise fire that destroyed a Center Street home in Dunellen on Sunday, its occupants jumping from the second floor to escape it.

Two adjacent homes appeared to have sustained heavy fire damage in the 5:45 a.m. blaze, according to photos posted on Facebook by the Dunellen Fire Department.

EMS personnel from the River Road Rescue Squad also provided assistance.

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Neighbors set up a GoFundMe fundraising page to help the family, Alrick and Abiola Courten, and their son and daughter who is a company member at Evolution Dance Center in Piscataway.

“Alrick injured his ankle, and Abiola suffered back injuries. The kids seem to be okay,” said Michelle Haynes, a family friend who added that the family lost everything in the fire, including their cars.

To help the Courtens, visit their GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/758-center-street?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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