August 18, 2021

Cause of Two Local Fires Is Yet to Be Determined

By Anne Levin

The cause of two fires that took place recently in Princeton’s Western Section remain undetermined.

According to Michael Yeh, Princeton’s director of emergency services, an August 3 fire at Lenox House, on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS), and a July 31 blaze on Armour Road are still under investigation.

“In these cases, there is no suspicion of anything nefarious,” Yeh said. “We don’t have a real indication of how they started, but there doesn’t appear to be anything suspicious. So both, at this point, are labeled undetermined.”

The July 31 fire began in the garage of a residence on Armour Road, and was reported just after 4 a.m. The house is not habitable, and is being restored.

The fire at Lenox House, located on a corner of Stockton Street and Library Place, destroyed the roof. The blaze was called in to the Princeton Police Department by PTS Security at 5:11 a.m. on August 3. The building, which is home to faculty offices and seminar rooms, is being restored.

No one was injured in the two fires.

Yeh explained that a fire is ruled undetermined if there is no information to support its cause. Unless other details come to light showing different information, the conclusion remains that the cause was undetermined.