About 70 firefighters help put out fire that damaged 2 Middlesex homes

One homeowner told News 12 their smoke alarms woke them up.

Lanette Espy and Lauren Due

Jun 14, 2024, 9:28 AM

Updated 31 days ago

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Two families in Middlesex Borough are displaced as the result of a three-alarm fire that engulfed two neighboring homes this morning.
Police confirmed the fire started in a garage and spread to an additional home on West Second Street around 2:30 a.m. The garage is completely destroyed.
News 12 New Jersey was told everyone made it out OK. The Red Cross says it's helping a family of two with emergency assistance for temporary housing, food and clothing. A family of five, including three kids and a dog, was also impacted. The homeowner told News 12 their smoke alarms woke them up.
Both families were able to salvage a few items inside before the orange imminent hazard notices were placed on their doors.
Mutual aid from multiple nearby towns responded to the scene. About 70 firefighters and more than a dozen fire trucks from 15 different departments helped to put out the fire.
John Madden, the former mayor of Middlesex, applauded the response from fire crews.
“It's amazing. Thank the Lord there were no injuries here, even to any of the pets. But it's such a spectacular fire, and I know every fire department is hurting for volunteers. They do a marvelous job at every structure fire,” Madden said.
Police and the fire marshal sifted through the rubble this morning. The cause of the fire is still not known. Authorities do not believe the fire was suspicious.


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