July 9, 2002

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A welder's torch apparently sparked a
multialarm fire that gutted a portion of a four-story
administration building at the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital
The fire, which began around 8 a.m. Tuesday in the Haines
Building, is believed to be accidental. Sgt. Al Della Fave, a state
police spokesman, said the fire apparently began when the
unidentified worker ignited some shingles and underlying material
while soldering a gutter.
The fire quickly engulfed the roof of the four-story building,
which contains administrative offices, a chapel and maintenance
functions, and the few staffers who were there were quickly
The facility's 450 patients were never in danger and no
employees were injured, said Andy Williams, spokesman for the state
Department of Human Services. The hospital serves adult patients
with severe mental illnesses who need intensive inpatient care.

More than 250 firefighters from Trenton and surrounding
communities fought the blaze. Five firefighters were treated for
minor injuries, such as heat exhaustion and twisted ankles, while
Battalion Chief Mark Rosen was treated for chest pains.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press