By: Richard L. Smith
Firefighters in several Middlesex County municipalities were on the scene of a massive multi-alarm fire that destroyed buildings in South River Tuesday night.
Heavy fire broke out inside two vacant warehouses at 9 Herman Street, sending firefighters racing to the scene around 10:30 p.m.
Crews arrived at the scene and immediately struck three additional alarms after intense flames engulfed the buildings and spread to two neighboring homes.
More than 50 firefighters stretched multiple lines to control the blaze while also using water from the South River, but officials say the stubborn fire was gas-fed, so PSEG technicians were called to the scene to shut off utilities to the buildings.
Firefighters brought the fire under control at approximately 1:30 a.m., but pockets of fire kept firefighters on the scene.
The cause is under investigation, and no injuries were reported.