Two-alarm fire on Wiggins Street in Princeton displaces five residents

The fire at 37 Wiggins Street in Princeton. Photo: Mona Singh.

A two-alarm fire was put out by area firefighters at 37 Wiggins Street in downtown Princeton on Monday afternoon. There were no injuries reported, but the building was deemed uninhabitable and five residents were displaced by the fire.

Two residents living in the third-floor unit of the building smelled and observed smoke coming from an HVAC vent and called 9-1-1. At 3:15 p.m., the Princeton Fire Department, Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, and Princeton Police Department were dispatched to the unit for the attic fire.

Firefighters observed heavy smoke and fire emanating from the rear of the building, the third floor, and the roof.

The two-alarm fire required mutual aid from Plainsboro, the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Fire Department, Princeton Junction, West Windsor Emergency Services, Hamilton, Hopewell, Kingston, Rocky Hill, and Montgomery. The Lawrenceville and Pennington Fire Co’s covered Princeton during the fire.

The residents in all three units of the building were displaced by the fire. An investigation is being conducted by Princeton Fire Marshal Joseph Novak and his staff.

The third floor unit of the building, a 1,305-square-foot condominium with two bedrooms, just sold for $430,000 in November, according to the real estate website Zillow.

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