SOUTH BRUNSWICK: Car fire causes evacuation of Kendall Park QuickChek

By Lea Kahn, Staff Writer
SOUTH BRUNSWICK — The QuickChek store on Route 27 in Kendall Park was evacuated briefly shortly after noon Thursday because flames from a burning car threatened to spread to the store, according to the Police Department.
The owner of the car was in the store when a passerby told him that there was smoke coming from his 1994 Buick, police said. The 61-year-old North Brunswick resident left the store and was able to get his pug dog out of the burning car.
Several 911 callers reported that the fire was endangering the building and the store was evacuated, police said.
The Kendall Park Volunteer Fire Co. put out the blaze in 10 minutes. The strip mall of stores reopened about 30 minutes later. There were no injuries, but the car was destroyed, police said.
In addition to the Kendall Park Volunteer Fire Co., firefighters from the Monmouth Junction Volunteer Fire Co. also responded. The Kendall Park First Aid and Rescue Squad and the South Brunswick Police Department also responded, police said. 