The Hopewell Township Police Department, along with the Hopewell Fire Department responded to a Hart Avenue address in Hopewell Borough for a residential structure fire this morning. A neighbor heard a smoke alarm sounding and smelled smoke coming from the unoccupied home, which is currently undergoing renovations. Hopewell Township Police Officer Steven Ciosek arrived within minutes and observed smoke coming from the front door of the three story home.
Fire personnel, under the command of Hopewell Valley Emergency Services Chief Matthew Martin, arrived on location and extinguished the fire.
Responding agencies assisting the Hopewell Fire Department were the Pennington Fire Company, Union Fire Company, Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, Princeton Fire Department, Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 2, and the Hopewell Fire Department Emergency Medical Unit.
The home suffered fire, smoke and water damage and is not habitable.
Hart Avenue was closed to traffic during firefighting operations.
The source of the fire is under investigation by Officer Ciosek and Detective Panzano of the Hopewell Township Police Department and Emergency Services Specialist Dave Vandoren of the Hopewell Valley Emergency Services.
Fire department personnel report that the fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature at this time.