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West Windsor Police Department, NJ
Sunday August 27th, 2023 :: 01:28 p.m. EDT


**WWPD NEWS RELEASE: Special Investigation: Fire on 8/25/2023 at Sarnoff Lab #110 West--Det. Lt. Lee #59


20 Municipal Drive * P.O. Box 38

West Windsor, New Jersey 08550


ROBERT GAROFALO PhD(c), Chief of Police


(609) 799-1222

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INCIDENT: 2023-24474 Special Investigation:  Fire

DATE & TIME OCCURRED:   August 25, 2023 at 3:22 pm 

LOCATION OCCURRED:  Sarnoff, 201 Washington Road  Lab #110 West

1)  Ptl. M. Thompson #120--Initial Investigator WWPD
                     2)  Det. Sgt. W. Jones #84---Lead Fire Investigator WWPD
                     3)  Det. C. Abade #94--Lead Detective WWPD

OTHERS INVOLVED:  1)  WWPD Communications Center,
                                           Patrol Division, Drone Unit,
                                           & Detective Bureau
                                      2)  West Windsor Division of Fire & Emergency Services Station #45/WW Fire Marshal J. Jamison
                                      3)  West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company Station #43
                                      4)  Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire
Company Station #44
                                      5)  Plainsboro Fire Company #49
                                      8)  Princeton Fire Company Station #60
                                      9)  Princeton Emergency Services #129
                                     10) Hamilton Fire Department 

DETAILS:  On Friday August 25, 2023 at 3:22 pm, Ptl. Thompson responded to Sarnoff on a report of an activated fire alarm.  Upon his arrival, he met with on site security who escorted to Building #110 West.  Upon approaching the building, Ptl. Thompson observed dark black smoke coming from an exterior door and the roof.  Ptl. Thompson relayed his findings to the Communications Center.  Members of the WW Division of Fire & Emergency Services  arrived on scene to extinguish the fire.  In addition, Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company, West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company, Plainsboro Fire Company, Princeton Fire Company, Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, and Hamilton Fire Department all responded to the scene.  

                Sgt. W. Jones and Det. Abade arrived on scene to continue the joint investigation with the WW Fire Marshal Jamison.  The Drone Unit continued to assist by looking for hot spots.  Preliminary fiindings were that the fire was determined to be on a wall in a laboratory room and was non-suspicious in nature.  No injuires were reported or observed.  The three story building sustained extensive damage to Lab #110 West.  The fire was deemed under control within 28 minutes.  Chief Garofalo and Chief Lynch would like to thank all of the responding agencies for quickly working together while bringing this incident to a safe outcome.  


DATE OF RELEASE: 8/27/2023


West Windsor Police Department, NJ
271 Clarksville Rd
West Windsor Township, NJ 08550

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 609-799-1222

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