Two More Fires Started In Nassau St. Building

15 January, 1989 (~estimated)


Two More Fires Started In Nassau St. Building

Between Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening, two more small fires were started in the apartment and office building at 205 Nassau Street. It was the fourth such incident in the past ten days in the building located on the corner of Charitoil Street; which houses the Princeton Answering Service on the first floor and six apartments on the upper floors.

There was no significant damage in either fire over the weekend. Arson is suspected but Capt. Thomas Michaud said this week, “We have no suspects at this point” A detective has been assigned to work full time on the case, he said.

The most recent fire occurred around 11 p.m. Sunday when a first-floor smoke detector sounded and tenants discovered three cardboard cartons on fire in a first-floor storage room. A discarded match found at the scene indicates the boxes may have been ignited with a match, Capt. Michaud said. One of the tenants used a container of water to douse the flames. There was no damage except to-the singed cartons. .

An earlier fire was discovered around 3 Sunday morning when it appeared that someone attempted to burn a plastic shower curtain in a common, second-floor bathroom. There. were black markings left on the wall from the burning curtain, which melted — but, again, no significant damage.

The first fire set in the building took place on December 30. An apartment door in a hallway was on fire after someone had used gift wrapping and a Christmas wreath to start it.

The second incident —police treated both as arson — took place January 2 when a small rug in a first-floor hallway was set on fire. It was dragged out-side by a tenant and extinguish-ed.

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