28 January 1981
Smoke Damages Home
SMOKE DAMAGES HOME On Edgerstoune Road. The entire second floor of the home of Mrs. Laura Knebel, 208 Edgerstoune Road, was damaged by smoke Sunday, as a result of a fire which started in a second-floor library. Police said that no one was home at the time.
A passer-by who noticed smoke coming from the home called police at 12:19 p.m. Ptl. James Vandermark investigated and Princeton’s volunteer fire companies responded to his call for a general alarm.
Firemen, police said, found the house filled with smoke but could not locate any flames. They cleared the house of smoke but many second-floor windows were damaged in the process.
According to police, their investigation revealed that the fire originated in a second- floor library in the northwest corner of the house. It is believed to have been started by a short in an extension wire, which, police said, lay underneath a rug. One of the legs of a desk was resting directly on the cord, causing it to short
Fire and water damage were confined to the northwest corner of the house.
Tree Fire. There was a fire early last week in a tree along the bank of Carnegie Lake.
West Windsor police called Township police at 3:27 p.m.,
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informing them of a tree on fire near Regatta Row not far from Harrison Street. Ptl. Jack Petrone Jr., on his arrival, found that ice skaters had attempted to put out the fire which was burning at the base of the tree. One fire truck and 12 firemen arrived and extinguished the blaze. Police said that the interior of the tree was completely gutted.