The Hopewell Township Police Department, along with the Hopewell Fire Department, responded to an Elm Street address in Hopewell Borough for a reported structure fire. Officer John Ferner arrived on scene and observed flames and smoke coming from the rear of the home. The Hopewell Fire Department, under the command of Chief Joseph Novak, arrived on location and quickly extinguished the fire located in the kitchen.

A search of the residence found an unresponsive man (a resident of the home) on the second floor. The man, identified as Benjamin Primer III (66 years of age), was carried from the home and transported to Capital Health Systems (Hopewell Campus) by the Hopewell Fire Department Emergency Medical Unit where he is undergoing treatment.

Responding agencies included the Hopewell Fire Department, Pennington Fire Company, Union Fire Company, Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, Lawrenceville Fire Department, Montgomery Fire Company #2, and Rocky Hill Fire Department.

Investigators include personnel from the Hopewell Township Police Department, Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Mercer County Fire Marshal’s Office.While this investigation is ongoing, the fire appears to be accidental in nature.  The home sustained fire damage in the kitchen and smoke damage throughout the home.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. 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. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. 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), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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