Residents of Hunters Glen Drive were evacuated on Friday, June 15, at approximately 1:40 a.m. after a fire erupted in Building 18. Although no injuries were reported, Plainsboro’s police and fire departments evacuated all residents from the building as well as Building 16 as a precautionary measure. The fire spread throughout Building 18 before firefighters could extinguish the flames.
Fire departments from East Windsor, Princeton Township, Princeton Borough, Princeton Junction, South Brunswick, Kingston, Hightstown, Kendall Park, Monroe, Lawrenceville, Cranbury, and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory also responded to the call. According to Plainsboro Fire Chief James Pedley, in all 50 firefighters were at the scene to battle the fire, but the hydrant closest to the burning buildings was not operable. Fire crews then engaged another nearby hydrant. Pedley said one firefighter sustained a minor injury to his arm, but he was treated immediately and did not require a trip to the hospital.
Hunters Glen unit 1804 was declared uninhabitable. Two units in Building 16 also sustained water damage during attempts to control the blaze.
The Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management and Central Jersey Red Cross provided more than 30 residents with temporary shelter and supplies. The Hunters Glen leasing office and Red Cross assisted residents in acquiring temporary accommodations.
Plainsboro Police and the township fire marshal are investigating the fire.