Abandoned Trenton School Engulfed By 5-Alarm Blaze: Firefighters In Combat

Trenton, NJ (Mercer) – On May 15, 2023, a fire was reported at the abandoned MLK School on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Evans Avenue and Southard Street. Trenton Firefighters responded to the scene at 2:00 p.m. Shortly after their arrival, an “all hands” call was made, bringing additional firefighters and equipment to the scene. Not long after that, a second alarm was sounded.

Multiple firefighters from around the region were summoned to the scene as the fire expanded to five alarms before it was finally brought under control at 5:24 p.m. The flames caused damage to homes on Evans Avenue, resulting in reports of exposure problems. Additionally, a firefighter was transported to the hospital with a BLS-type injury.

To assist in determining the cause and extent of the fire, several authorities dispatched fire investigators to the scene, including the Trenton Fire Department, the NJ Division of Fire Safety, Trenton Police, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Further details regarding the fire have not been released as of yet, but they are expected to be announced soon.

Photos and video of the chaotic scene were captured by Brian McCarthy OnScene News and Jared Robinson as the fire raged on. The cause of the fire is currently unknown, and the affected parties are still assessing the damage and any further ramifications.

This incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing risks associated with abandoned, unkempt buildings in neglected areas. As investigations continue, officials are urging local residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities in their communities promptly.

Overall, the fire was an unfortunate incident that left many dealing with extensive damages and injury, and it is a sad reminder of the constant need to remain alert and ready in order to prevent further occurrences in the future.

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