Lawrence Township, NJ – In a distressing incident that unfolded on Monday, January 22, 2024, at around 11:50 a.m., the Lawrence Township Police Department was alerted to a house fire on the premises of The Lawrenceville School. Swiftly responding to the emergency, officers arrived at the campus to witness flames engulfing the second floor of a residence nestled within the initial block of Humphrey’s Drive. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the Lawrence Township Fire Department, accompanied by fire departments from Hamilton Township, the City of Trenton, Ewing Township, Princeton Township, Robbinsville Township, and Plainsboro Township, joined forces to combat the blaze. After an arduous struggle, the inferno was eventually brought under control at precisely 2:12 p.m., thanks to the valiant efforts of Lawrence Township Fire Chief, J. Oakley.
To unravel the mystery behind the fire’s origin, the Lawrence Township Police Department, in collaboration with the Lawrence Township Fire Marshal’s Office and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, initiated a comprehensive investigation. The cause of the fire, which ravaged the faculty residence, remains shrouded in ambiguity, with authorities diligently pursuing every lead to shed light on this unfortunate incident.
In the aftermath of the devastating blaze, The Lawrenceville School promptly released an official statement, assuring the community that all individuals were safely evacuated from the premises, and the fire was successfully contained within the confines of the solitary residence. The institution’s emergency protocols were swiftly and flawlessly executed, mitigating the potential for further damage. The statement also expressed the school’s gratitude for the swift response of local first responders and emphasized their commitment to providing unwavering support to the affected family during this distressing period.
Lawrence Township Police Detective Dean Sawasky has urged anyone with pertinent information regarding this incident to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation. Detective Sawasky can be reached at 609-844-7127 or via email at [email protected]. The Lawrence Township community stands united in their determination to uncover the truth and ensure justice prevails in this distressing case.