The Hopewell Township Police Department, along with the Pennington Fire Department, responded to a Woosamonsa Road address after a neighbor called 9-1-1 reporting a structure fire around 1:55am this morning.
Hopewell Township Police Officer Robert Sparano arrived within minutes and observed flames coming from the rear of the two-level home. The Pennington Fire Department, under the command of Chief Jim Deforte, arrived on location and began to battle the fire.
The residence was unoccupied at the time of the fire. A resident of the home arrived on scene a short time later.
Responding agencies assisting the Pennington Fire Department included the Hopewell Fire Department, Union Fire Company, Lawrenceville Fire Company, Montgomery Fire Company #1, Montgomery Fire Company #2, Prospect Heights Fire Department, Pennington Road Fire Company, West Trenton Fire Company, Lambertville Fire Company, Plainsboro Fire Company, Upper Makefield Fire Company, Griggstown Fire Company, Hillsborough Vol Fire Company #1, Pennington First Aid Squad, and Hopewell Valley Emergency Services. The fire was brought under control at approximately 3:26 A.M. The home suffered major fire damage, as well as heat, smoke and water damage throughout. It was left uninhabitable.
Woosamonsa Road between Burd Road and Route 31 was shut down during fire operations.
Unfortunately, two dogs passed away due to the fire. Two cats were rescued and are receiving medical care.
This incident remains under investigation by the Hopewell Township Police Department (Detective Alexis Mirra), Hopewell Valley Emergency Services (Specialist Rob Bailey), and the Mercer County Prosecutors Office (Detective Mike Paglione).
UPDATE at 3:30pm 7/10/17: The structure fire investigation is still active, however it does not appear suspicious at this time. The structure has been turned back over to the homeowners.