Early morning fire at WC – Penn Rd office building

Photo from Pennington Fire Company’s Facebook page

A fire on Washington Crossing-Pennington Road in the early hours this morning gutted a local office building. The fire consumed the building next door to Rothman Orthopedic, near the corner of Scotch Road. A google search reveals it is the offices of Hubco Healthcare Group.

On facebook, the Pennington Fire Company made the following report:

“This morning at 3:13 Pennington Fire Co. was alerted for a commercial alarm in the 100 block of Washington Crossing Rd. When Engine 51 arrived the crew was greeted with heavy fire from the Charlie side. Engine 51 dropped supply line at the street, having Titusville engine 53 complete the split lay. Command (Chief 51) called for a 2.5″ to the Charlie side. Two off Engine 51 made the initial attack knocking the bulk of the fire, while Engine 51 officer and firefighter along with two firefighters off Engine 53 advanced a 1.75″ through side alpha and completed the primary searches. Crews operated on scene for approximately 3 hours. No injuries reported, and no civilians were involved.”

Hopewell Township Police issued the following press release:

“The Hopewell Township Police Department, along with the Pennington Fire Department responded to a Washington Crossing Pennington Road address in Hopewell Township for a structure fire. Hopewell Dispatch was alerted to an alarm at the business address. Hopewell Township Police Officers arrived and found the building fully involved with flames.  

“Fire personnel, under the command of Chief James DeForte of the Pennington Fire Department arrived on location and began work on the structure fire.  

“Responding agencies assisting the Pennington Fire Department were Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, the Hopewell Fire Department, Union Fire Company, Ewing Township Fire Department, Princeton Fire Department, West Amwell Fire Department, Lawrenceville Fire Company, Montgomery Fire Department, Pennington First Aid and East Windsor Rescue Squad.   

“The business structure suffered fire, smoke and water damage. No injuries were reported. 

“The source of the fire is under investigation by Officer Neil Hunt and Hopewell Valley Emergency Services. 

“The fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature at this time.”

Thanks to Mike Chipowsky for alerting us to this news and sending photos. We will update the story if more information becomes available.

Photo sent to us via Mike Chipowsky

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