Special News Release – December 3, 2022

Special News Release – December 3, 2022


On Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 9:31 A.M., the Middlesex Police Department received numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting a fire at 625 Lincoln Boulevard. Police officers arrived and confirmed a working structure fire at the mixed-use building, which consists of numerous businesses and apartments. All occupants of the building were safely evacuated.

The Middlesex Fire Department quickly responded to the scene and requested a second alarm activation. The Middlesex Fire Department, assisted by firefighters and equipment from the Dunellen, Bound Brook, Bridgewater, Piscataway, South Plainfield and Franklin Township Fire Departments had the fire under control within forty minutes.

The Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office, Middlesex Borough Office of Emergency Management, Middlesex Borough Rescue Squad, Emergency Medical Services from Hackensack Meridian Health at JFK Hospital, Middlesex Borough Construction Official and PSE&G also responded. No injuries were reported.

The damage caused by the fire rendered Classic Cuts Barbershop, Boulevard Café & Deli and the apartments above the businesses uninhabitable. Silvia’s Pupuseria was temporarily closed and a third apartment was vacated as utilities to the building remain off. The 11 displaced residents received assistance from the Middlesex Borough Office of Emergency Management, the American Red Cross and other community members.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office but is not believed to be suspicious at this time.

Should you have any questions or require clarification regarding the information provided, please contact Sergeant Sean Flanagan at (732) 356-1900 extension 313 or at sflanagan@middlesexpd.com.