The fire on Model Avenue in Hopewell Borough on Tuesday 17th has been found, in an investigation by Detective Tulko of the Hopewell Township Police Department and Specialist Andrew Fosina of the Hopewell Valley Emergency Services Unit, to be accidental in nature.

However, it appears that the structure had suffered a frozen exterior drain pipe due to the recent frigid temperatures and a contractor working for the homeowner used a blow torch to defrost the frozen exterior pipe. While using the torch the exterior wall of the residence caught fire and the fire extended slightly into the interior of the residence.



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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.