EDISON – A cluster of storms overnight Thursday into Friday wreaked havoc in the township, where a family was displaced by fire and downed wires were reported.
“There were numerous calls from residents in the south end of the township,” Deputy Fire Chief Andy Toth said. “It was a high-wind, rain and lightning event.”
At about 4 a.m., a tree branch came down, pulling a high voltage tension wire down, Toth said. The arcing wire ignited a fire on the exterior of a Jefferson Street home, which extended into the walls of the first and second floors, he said.
PSE&G was called to the scene and cut the power, Toth said. Firefighters were then able to immediately extinguish the blaze, he said.
No injuries were reported.
“Between the smoke and fire damage, the family is going to be displaced for a while,” Toth said.
Edison police, fire and Middlesex County Fire Marshal Mike Gallagher responded to the scene.
Two homes on MacArthur Drive and Prospect Avenue were damaged by downed trees that pulled power lines down, Toth said.
The residents were evacuated and both homes had structural damage – one minor and the other sustained moderate damage, he said.
No injuries were reported in those incidents, the deputy chief said.
In addition, some residents in the south end of the township woke up to find power, cable and phone lines down, he said.
On Friday morning, first responders were still responding to calls, Toth said.
Late Thursday afternoon, police and fire also responded to a fire at a two-story home at 5 Farrington St., Toth said. The fire started on the rear balcony and extended into the attic.
No injuries were reported in that blaze.
“The family has relocated until the damage is repaired,” Toth said.
The fire, which is not suspicious, is under investigation, he said.
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