Fatal fire on Coleman Lane in Hopewell Township

    The Hopewell Township Police Department, along with the Union Fire Company and Rescue Squad, responded to a Coleman Lane address for the report of a structure fire. This report came from an alarm monitoring service. Officers William Gaskill, Vincent Amabile, and James Klesney arrived to find fire and heavy smoke throughout the residence. The officers deployed two Stat-X fire suppression devices in the home in an effort to knock some of the fire down. The officers then forced a first level door open but were unable to enter the house due to the heavy smoke condition inside.

    Firefighters made entry into the residence and located a victim on the first floor. Firefighters removed the victim from the home, but unfortunately the victim was deceased. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

    The Union Fire Company, under the command of Deputy Chief Eric Burd, along with the Pennington Fire Company, the Hopewell Fire Department, and multiple fire companies from New Jersey and Pennsylvania extinguished the fire. Tankers from Bucks County, Somerset County, Middlesex County and Hunterdon County also assisted.

    The home suffered fire damage, as well as heat, smoke and water damage throughout. It was left uninhabitable.

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