Man Trying to Stay Warm Starts Warehouse Fire?

By Dan Stamm
|  Friday, Jan 31, 2014  |  Updated 6:32 AM EDT
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Squatters may be responsible for sparking a warehouse fire in Trenton.
 NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn has the details.

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Squatters may be responsible for sparking a warehouse fire in Trenton. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn has the details.

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Firefighters rushed to the scene of a vacant warehouse fire -- possibly started by a squatter -- in hopes to prevent it from spreading to a nearby furniture warehouse.

The 100,000-square-foot building burned at Taylor Street and N Olden Avenue in Trenton, N.J. near the freight yards shortly after 10 a.m.

There was no immediate word on injuries.

The fire quickly spread to four alarms as crews from neighboring towns joined in the fight. About an hour later, firefighters could be seen on ladders dousing the flames -- a stark contrast to the snow that rested on top of the roof of other parts of the building.

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As SkyForce10 approached the scene, thick smoke could be seen billowing from the blaze. NBC10.com's Na'eem Douglas said that the gray building where the fire appeared to be centered is an abandoned warehouse. Winds pushed the flames to an adjacent building -- a smaller dark-colored warehouse -- that houses New York-based Meridian Furniture's storage facility and storage for clothing-maker Calm New York.

Mo Rosillio, whose family owns Meridian, said that his father was on the scene. Firefighters told the elder Rosillio that a homeless squatter possibly started the fire while trying to stay warm.

The abandoned building is the same warehouse that burned back in October causing a partial collapse. In that fire, it took firefighters hours to battle back the blaze.

That fire did some damage to Meridian Furniture.

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