According to the Hopewell Township Police Department, they along with the Union Fire Company responded to a River Road address on February 14, 2019, for a residential structure fire, after the homeowner reported a fire on the first floor of the residence.
Hopewell Township Police Officer’s Nicholas Sparaco and Mark Panzano arrived on-scene and observed fire on the first floor of the residence, which is at ground level. The responding officers deployed a Stat-X fire suppression device and utilized a fire extinguisher prior to the arrival of the Fire Department.
Fire personnel, under the command of Union Fire Company Chief Kurt Pederson arrived on location and extinguished the fire.
Responding agencies assisting the Union Fire Company were the Hopewell Fire Department, Pennington Fire Company, Lambertville Fire Company, West Amwell Fire Company, Upper Makefield Fire Department (PA). New Hope/Bucks County (PA) Fire Company, Princeton Fire Company, Decou Fire Company, Plainsboro Fire Department and Union First Aid Squad.
The home suffered significant fire, smoke and water damage and was not habitable.
The source of the fire is under investigation by Officer Panzano and Detective Vastola of the Hopewell Township Police Department, Lt. Bailey and Fire Official Fosina from the Hopewell Valley Emergency Services and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.
The fire is not believed to be suspicious and was accidental in nature.