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Princeton Police: Tossed Cigarette Caused Fire

Firefighters work to put out a fire on Moore Street this afternoon. Photo by Seth Callen.

A house on the 100 block of Moore Street caught on fire this afternoon after a resident accidentally discarded an unextinguished cigarette on a pile of dry leaves and a plastic rain diverter, police said.  The lit cigarette ignited the dry leaves and the plastic rain diverter, which caused a fire that spread to the outer exterior wall and deck area of the house, police said.

The Princeton Borough Police Department received a call about the fire from the resident shortly after noon today. The resident reported that the back of the house was on fire.

Patrols arrived at 12:43 p.m. and found that all the residents had evacuated and the rear of the house was engulfed in flames. A truck from the Princeton Fire Department arrived a 12:50 p.m. Several fire departments helped out at the scene, including Rocky Hill, Plainsboro, Princeton Plasma Physics, Kingston, South Brunswick, and Princeton Junction. A total of approximately 60 fire personnel and approximately six emergency medical technicians responded to the emergency. The fire was brought under control at 1:35 p.m., police said.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

  • Janet Zoubek Dickso

    My husband’s office is on Nassau Street and Moore, so I was especially interested in this fire. Thank you for letting us know what happened and that is has been taken care of. I really appreciate it.

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