Firefighters remained at the scene of an Old Bridge house fire today where one person was killed.
The fire in the home at 319 Sunset Avenue, on the west side of the township, was first reported about 9 a.m.
Neighbors said Flora Ng, a woman in her 50s, had lived alone in the house, and they believe she died in the fire.
"Unfortunately we do have a fatality," said Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry. He would not confirm whether it was Ng.
Tracey Paul, who loves next door to Ng, said she was on her front lawn when Ng's brother came running up from his house a few blocks away trying to get to the burning home.
"He was in shock saying 'my sister's in there, my sister's in there,'" Paul said.
Firefighters and police led the brother to a police cruiser where he remained as firefighters extinguished the blaze and investigators went through the two-story Cape Cod style house.
Camille Randello, Ng's real estate agent, said the house was put up for sale within the last few days.
"I was just in there yesterday taking pictures of the house," Randello said. She said Ng kept the house very neat, and described her as "wonderful, a very sweet lady."
Kathy Guido, who lives about a block from the fire said she saw thick smoke that spread from Ng's house and around Paul's house next door.
"Both houses were just fully engulfed in smoke," Guido said. "I couldn't tell which one was on fire."
Authorities have not released any details about the fire.
Neighbors said Ng's mother had lived in the house until she died several months ago.
An electrical problem sparked a fire that destroyed a detached garage at Brasusa Masonry Contractors on Tuesday evening, authorities said.
The fire fully engulfed the garage at 3011 Englishtown Road, South Old Bridge Fire Chief Robert Verney said Wednesday.
South Old Bridge Volunteer Fire Company members responded to the blaze at 5:02 p.m., and the Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Response Unit was called to help clean up acetylene and hydrocarbons that leaked from drums stored in the garage, Verney said. The fire response was delayed slightly ...
Police and fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant Cape Cod-style home on Birch Street around 3 a.m. Friday, authorities said.
The home at 76 Birch St. had a "For sale" sign on its front lawn. A couple of second-floor ...
OLD BRIDGE -- Firefighters’ efforts to reach a 21-year-old man and his father were hampered by clutter around a stairwell that made the blaze in their Old Bridge home burn more intensely, the township’s mayor said today.
Police said they rushed to the West Alton Place home at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday after Peter Lee, 60, called to report an electrical fire that began in the wall of the second-floor master bedroom.
Lee and his son Nicholas Lee, who is believed to have been autistic, died in the fire. Lee’s wife and another son were on the first floor and were rescued. They were taken to a hospital, authorities said, but their conditions could not be obtained today.
A dispatcher had told Lee to get everyone out of the house, according to Old Bridge police Lt. George Stader, but Lee never made it downstairs.
Authorities said Lee’s wife, whose name was not available, was calling out for them to reach her two family members trapped upstairs. But the first responders — officer Aaron Matikonis and South Old Bridge Fire Chief Kenneth Gibson — were blocked from the stairway by "thick smoke and intense flames."
Old Bridge Mayor James Phillips said the Police Chief Thomas Collow told him items in the family’s home made the blaze worse.
"Somebody was collecting something in there," Phillips said. "It made the fire burn hotter and faster."
Laundry baskets and clothing sat on the home’s front lawn today. Boxes filled with papers were visible through a ground-level window.
The fire remains under investigation by police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
A 57-year-old Old Bridge resident was seriously injured when he was caught in a fire that erupted in his garage.
The fire at the home on Hansen Road was spotted by a neighbor, who called 911 around noon, said Old Bridge Police Lt. Arthur Barullo. The homeowner, who has not been identified, was likely in the garage working on the antique cars that were kept there, Barullo said.
As the man was trying to put out the fire, his clothes caught on fire and he was badly burned, Barullo said. He was flown to Saint Barnabus Medical Center in Livingston, Barullo said.
Another resident escaped the fire unharmed.
The fire was contained to the garage area and firefighters were able to save the home, Barullo said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Pink Heals Tour makes a stop in Old Bridge, Saturday, October 3, 2009, as part of a nation-wide journey to raise breast cancer awareness. Two pink fire trucks, one towing a 13ft high stainless steel ribbon, were escorted by local police, fire companies and motorcyclists as they passed through Middlesex County. Assignment No.: 8479 -- METRO -- Jason Towlen/Staff Photographer
An afternoon fire did major damage to a home on Cindy Street.
The fire began at about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday in the home at 305 Cindy St. and had ...
A family was displaced over the weekend after a two-alarm fire ripped through their ranch home, fire officials said.
No injuries occurred in the fire at 430 Marlboro Road, which was reported at 2:54 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Chief Mike Galvin of the South Old Bridge Volunteer Fire Company said.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, they saw heavy smoke coming from the cellar doors in the back of the house, Galvin said.
A woman managed to escape her house at 79 Van Tines Lane before flames engulfed her house early Saturday morning, police said.
The resident told officials that she was alerted to a fire inside her house by her barking dog, said Police Sgt. Paul Moser. When the woman looked out her window and saw smoke coming from her house, she climbed out the window with her dog, then ran to a neighbor's house to call police, Moser said.
When firefighters received the 3:01 a.m. call and arrived at the scene, the house was engulfed in flames, Moser said. ...
An electrical fire broke out at an Englishtown Road home early Monday after a dump truck swerved to avoid a group of deer and knocked down a utility pole, police and fire officials said.
Firefighters were at scene for nearly six hours to put out the fire and to deal with about 100 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled from the truck after the crash, said Bob Verney, chief of the South Old Bridge Fire Company.
The 37-year-old driver was traveling near 1711 Englishtown Road at 6:10 a.m. when he swerved to avoid the deer and struck the pole, Lt. Robert Moser said. ...
Two families were displaced after a fire burned through their home on Englishtown Road Sunday morning, a fire official said.
No occupants or firefighters were injured, but a pet dog died the blaze, said Bob Verney, chief of the South Old Volunteer Bridge Fire Company.
The cause of the blaze remained under investigation late yesterday afternoon. Verney said it was too early to say whether it was suspicious in nature. ...
Child leaps into arms of two neighbors as blaze damages house
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
BY JEANETTE RUNDQUIST
An 11-year-old Old Bridge girl jumped from the roof of her home into the arms of neighbors yesterday, escaping a fire that extensively damaged her home.
There were no reported injuries in the fire on Emily Drive, according to police and fire officials, but the girl jumped about 10 feet to escape the flames and smoke gushing from the front windows of her home in the 6 p.m. blaze.
Neighbors Michael and Patricia Bonner were at home, baby-sitting their 2-year-old grandson, when Patricia Bonner said she heard cries of "Help" through an open window in the second floor of her home.
"I ran down the steps and ran outside and saw a girl sitting on the roof over the front door," she said.
The couple's 22-year-old son, Taylor, arrived in a car at the same time, and he and Michael Bonner told the frightened girl to jump and they would catch her. She jumped off the roof into the two men's arms, and all three fell to the ground.
"She was afraid, but she jumped, and they caught her. Her dog was still in there, she tried to run into the house and grab the dog; my son had to wrestle her," Patricia Bonner said.
The family dog, Spike, died in the fire, according to neighbors and fire officials.
Fire Marshal Tom Hart said the girl, Angelica Hochschild, was in her second-floor bedroom when she heard the smoke alarm go off. She looked downstairs, saw smoke and climbed out onto a 4-foot-wide section of roof outside her window.
Angelica's mother, Bonnie, ar rived home from work shortly after the fire began, Hart said. Also living in the house was Ronald Kaplo witz; the residents were staying with family last night, the fire marshal said.
Police and fire officials were at the scene until about 11 last night. Hart, who said it is believed that the fire began in the kitchen area toward the rear of the house, said the blaze was believed to be acci dental, and that the cause is still under investigation....