5-alarm fire at Ewing Main and Community Center – MidJersey.News

September 30, 2022

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER) – A multi-alarm blaze destroyed the gymnasium and damaged other parts of the Ewing Senior and Community Center early this morning (Friday, Sept. 30).

Ewing Township firefighters were first dispatched to the township facility at 999 Lower Ferry Road at 2:58 a.m. to check an activated fire alarm system. When firefighters arrived on the scene a few minutes later, they found the gymnasium, located in the center of the recreation complex, entirely in flames. A second alert, which called for the assistance of neighboring municipalities, was immediately ordered. As flames burst from windows and burned through the roof and smoke billowed skyward, even more help was called at the third alarm.

Even more firefighters and devices were called to the scene afterwards, including water tankers from Pennington, Hopewell and Washington Crossing, Pa., as a precaution in case enough water could not be found. be obtained from nearby fire hydrants. As it stands, several large diameter hoses have been laid along Lower Ferry Road and Parkway Road to supply water to several fire hydrants. Four overhead main jets were commissioned to run water over the fire from above, while several smaller lines were commissioned on the ground. Following several partial collapses of walls and roof sections, what remained of the roof of the gymnasium completely collapsed around 5:30 am.

Firefighters worked to prevent the flames from spreading into the other connected buildings that make up the facility. Although there was damage suffered, these other areas were saved. The fire was officially declared under control at 7:13 a.m., but firefighters and investigators were expected to remain on the scene throughout the day.

Mutual Aid Units from Lawrence, Trenton, Hamilton, Pennington, Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township, Princeton and Falls, Pa. assisted Ewing Township firefighters at the scene. Other Somerset County firefighters responded to stand by at Ewing Fire Stations. During this ‘cover’ mission, these Somerset County firefighters extinguished a dumpster fire on the Whitehead Road extension.

Ewing police say no one lives at the center. Ewing Police were dispatched to a fire alarm at the Ewing Senior Citizen and Community Center (999 Lower Ferry Road) at approximately 2:55 a.m. this morning. First responders observed an active fire in the gymnasium portion of the building. There was no one in the building at that time. The fire went to five alarms to help with water supply and firefighting operations. To date, no injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

There are road closures on Parkway Avenue from Scotch Road to Farrell Avenue, as well as on the lower portion of Ferry Road from Langford Lane, Fireside Avenue.

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Jill E. Washington