The blaze at the House of Cupcakes on Witherspoon Street early this morning that spread to neighboring buildings damaged six apartments, displacing 41 residents, police said.
All of the apartments are uninhabitable, and emergency shelter is being provided to the displaced residents through the Princeton Department of Human Services.
The fire broke out just after 1 a.m. Police received a 911 call reporting that there was a fire at 34 Witherspoon Street. Patrols observed smoke and flames coming from the roof and windows of the building, and residents in the building were immediately evacuated. The Princeton Fire Department was called to the scene, and attempts by patrol officers to extinguish the fire prior to the fire department’s arrival were unsuccessful. The fire spread to neighboring buildings along the roof line.
The Princeton Fire Department and other mutual aid responders worked to keep the blaze under control, and were able to extinguish the fire after approximately 90 minutes. One mutual aid fire fighter suffered a minor injury during the incident and was taken to a local hospital because he had knee pain.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Princeton Police Department, the Princeton Bureau of Fire Safety and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.
Other agencies at the scene that provided mutual aid were : Mercer Co. Sheriff, Kingston Fire Dept., Princeton Plasma Physics Fire Dept., Lawrence Fire Dept., Hopewell Fire Dept., Montgomery Fire Dept., Hamilton Fire Dept., E. Windsor Fire Dept., Cranbury Fire Dept., Princeton Junction Fire Dept., Plainsboro Fire Dept., Rocky Hill Fire Dept., Pennington Fire Dept., NJ Fire Police, and Princeton First Aid and Rescue.