Firefighters battle two-alarm blaze at Princeton Theological Seminary building

The fire at the Lenox House at Princeton Theological Seminary. Photo: Jon Crumiller.

A fire broke out at a seminary building at 31 Library Place in Princeton at about 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The building was empty at the time. No one was injured putting out the fire.

Firefighters had to be called in from surrounding towns to battle the blaze that broke out on the roof. The incident marks the second fire in three days in the Western Section of Princeton. The fire that broke out on Saturday was located just .3 miles away on Campbelton Road.

The building that caught on fire Tuesday, the Lenox House, includes seminar rooms and several offices for Biblical Studies faculty at the seminary. The building is located at the intersection of Library Place and Stockton Street.

A fire was extinguished the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 3 at the Lenox House. The campus building is primarily used for faculty offices. The building was empty at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

Smoke filled the air in the neighborhood early Tuesday morning as news helicopters circled overhead. Route 206 between Bayard Lane and Elm Road was closed as firefighters worked at the scene. Mercer Street was closed between Alexander Street and Lovers Lane for more than four hours.

“We thank the Princeton Police Department for its response, the Fire Department for containing and extinguishing the fire, as well as all other first responders who swiftly arrived to campus,” Princeton Theological Seminary officials said in a written statement after the fire was put out.