East Windsor Police Rescue Residents Who Jumped from Burning House

Bristol Way house was engulfed in flames early Tuesday morning.

Two people trapped in a burning home jumped into the arms of East Windsor police officers early Tuesday, authorities said.

Patrol Officers Earl Biddy and Troy McWhorter caught the two unidentified residents when they dove from a second-story window as flames ripped through the Bristol Way home, police said.

Three adults, a man and two women, were in the house when the fire started, and there were no injuries, according to East Windsor Fire Company #1 Chief Kevin Brink. The call came in at 12:59 a.m. and fire companies were on the scene within 10 minutes.

“The flames were probably 15 to 20 feet in the air, the whole house was on fire,” Brink said. “I was the first fire unit on the scene and the whole house was already fully engulfed in fire, the roof was on fire, the whole house - I mean top to bottom. The people are extremely lucky that they got out, nobody got hurt.”

The house was unsafe to go inside so firefighters had to battle the blaze from the outside by surrounding the house, Brink said. As the flames were put out, thick smoke filled the area, Brink said.

“The whole front of that house and the roof was on fire – it was a lot of fire,” Brink said.

The majority of the fire was out within 20 to 30 minutes but firefighters remained at the scene for several hours making sure flames were out and wetting down hot spots.

A charred frame remained after area firefighters put out the flames. Two cars parked in front of the house were burned, and the siding on two neighbors’ houses had melted. Several witnesses said flames could be seen from Airport Road.

A next-door neighbor who asked not to be identified said he heard a loud bang and saw flames shooting out of the house next door when he looked out his bedroom window. 

A total of 50 to 60 firefighters from area towns, including East Windsor, Hightstown, Cranbury, Plainsboro, Robbinsville, Monroe, West Windsor and Princeton Junction responded to what residents said looked like a “fireball.” Brink said around 20 firefighters came from his station. Both East Windsor rescue squads also responded as a precaution.

Brink said the local fire departments are completely staffed by volunteers, and sometimes it can take a few minutes longer to get to the scene than a paid department since people are coming from their homes, but is confident in the services they provide to the township.

“I feel 100 percent that we provide an excellent service to the town, and it’s top notch, no better than any other town could provide,” Brink said.

Officials said the fire remained under investigation.

This story was originally published at 5 a.m. Tuesday, and will be updated as information is available.

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SEP May 31, 2012 at 02:03 AM
THANK YOU to ALL the firefighters who responded to this tragic event in the early morning hours on Bristol Way. The town of East Windsor has an amazing group of firefighters (EW Volunteer Fire Company No. 1/EW Fire Company No.2 ) who volunteer their time AND their families time to serve our entire community 24/7. I think those of you who responded negatively towards are men and women volunteers should take a closer look as to what these individuals give up on a daily basis to PROTECT and serve our community. There is not a more dedicated group of volunteers I have met nor more courageous than those that were on the scene Tuesday morning. We should all be thankful that there was no loss of life and that the fire was also contained so quickly. And remember...these volunteers may be the same ones to assist you and your family one day, so please do not be so quick to judge. Thank you again to all departments that assisted in this blaze. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family displaced by this horrible event.
Volunteer June 01, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Its simple... for those that have "issues" with the response times, you have three options. 1. You volunteer your time, being called away from your family on holidays, birthdays, etc., going on calls for the community at 1, 2, 3 or 4 am when you already have a fulltime day job and then when you have weekends off from your regular job, you are out with the department for hours on end either fundraising or participating in community based events. 2. You can go to the Mayor and tell her that you want to have your real estate taxes increased AT LEAST a $ 1000 a year, in order to have a 3-4 minute quicker response time with a paid department. 3. Unless your willing to do ONE of these first two options. Shut the hell up.
Timmy Davis June 01, 2012 at 11:08 PM
1000 bucks per household? I think your severely mistaken friend. I lived in Hamilton and the place that I lived put 4 guys around the clock a couple years back. My fire tax went up to about 390 bucks a year.
kids with lemonade June 02, 2012 at 03:18 AM
For those of you looking to help the family, a few kids in the neighborhood are having a lemonade stand to raise money. Providing the weather is decent, they will be at the PAL field Saturday and Sunday. Stop by! Have some lemonade, donate a few dollars, and help make a few kids feel like they're doing something wonderful! :)
Dave Bell June 04, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Is the cause of the fire known yet? When it is would be good to have a follow up story


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