Lawnmower catches fire, sets Richford Road house ablaze

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All three South Brunswick fire companies – Kendall Park, Kingston and Monmouth Junction – responded to a house fire on Richford Road on Nov. 20.

Around 2 p.m., South Brunswick Officer Greg Boldizar and Sgt. Anthony Pisano spotted smoke coming from a home on Richford Road. The officers immediately notified dispatch and went to the residence, according to information provided by the South Brunswick Police Department.

The family had evacuated the home.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire on one side of the house which had spread along the wall into the attic and roof, according to the statement.

Kendall Park Fire Chief Chris Perez said, “We used a transitional attack moving from the exterior to the interior to push back the flames. It was a total team effort to bring the fire under control in 15 minutes.”

Two nearby homes were evacuated while firefighters battled the blaze.

In addition to the South Brunswick fire companies, the Franklin and North Brunswick fire companies were on the scene as well as South Brunswick EMS and North Brunswick First Aid Squad.

There were no injuries.

The preliminary indication of the cause of the fire was a lawnmower caught fire on the outside of the home, which set the house on fire, according to the statement. A nearby propane grill also caught fire. The South Brunswick Fire Marshal is conducting the investigation and will make a final determination.