Fire at President’s House at Centenary College (NJ)

Firefighters battled a two alarm fire last night at Centenary College, reports

The call about a fire at at 401 Jefferson St. came in at about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to Sgt. Darren Tynan, press information officer for the Hackettstown Police Department.

Officers arriving on the scene found smoke coming from the rear of the structure, which is owned by Centenary College and is used for multiple purposes, Tynan said. The building is known as the Centenary College President’s House although the college’s president does not live there on a full time basis.

The fire proved particularly difficult to fight because of the bitter cold, which caused some equipment to freeze and forced police to close several roads in the area. One firefighter was taken to Hackettstown Regional Medical Center as a precaution. No other injuries were reported.
The college’s Hackettstown campus was closed today as a result of the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Hackettstown Police Department Detective Bureau and the Warren County Fire Marshall.

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