Residents who needed shelter in the wake of the fire at the House of Cupcakes on Witherspoon Street were all provided with shelter the night of the fire, officials confirmed. Emergency management staff and police from Princeton were able to coordinate rooms with the Nassau Inn on Palmer Square.
More than 40 people were displaced by the fire that broke out about 1 .am. yesterday. The fire spread to other buildings and affected six apartments.
Olives provided free lunch for the fire victims and the Nassau Inn let the victims stay in their dining area while they waited for more information, Princeton Human Services Executive Director Elisa Neira said.
“Yesterday we all received news that those who lived in Apartment 1-5 were able to go back to their apartments either today or tomorrow. All the residents were able to secure a place to stay, either with friends or family members, until they are able to get back to their homes,” Neira said. “The residents of apartment 6, which is completely unlivable, are staying with family members. We are working closely with them to get them emergency aid such as clothing and figure out housing.”
A drop off center for clothing has not been set up yet. Planet Princeton will post more information on how residents can help the fire victims as it becomes available. Neira said she is staying in close contact with the fire victims and will alert the community of needs that may arise.
Thecause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire officials have ruled our arson.