The Hopewell Township Police Department, along with the Pennington Fire Company and Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, responded to a Pebble Creek Court address (townhome located in Brandon Farms) for the report of a structure fire. This report came from a niece of the homeowner who had stopped by to visit. Officers Mandy Grey, Joseph McNeil, Sara Erwin, Sergeant James Rosso, Lieutenant Chris Kascik, and Lieutenant William Springer arrived to find fire and heavy smoke throughout the residence. Officers deployed multiple Stat-X fire suppression devices in the home in an effort to knock some of the fire down.
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 victim has been identified as 70 year male.
The Pennington Fire Company, under the command of Chief Nick Gaudioso, along with the Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, Hopewell Fire Department, Union Fire Company and Rescue Squad, Lawrence Road Fire Company, Lawrenceville Fire Company, Lawrence Township Emergency Services, Ewing Township Fire Department, Ewing Township Emergency Services, West Trenton Fire Company, and Princeton Fire Department extinguished the fire. The Pennington First Aid Squad was also on scene as well as the Hopewell Township Public Works Department.
The townhome suffered fire damage, as well as heat, smoke and water damage throughout. It was left uninhabitable. An adjoining townhome was also severely damaged and left uninhabitable. Other adjoining townhomes suffered minor damage but will be able to be reoccupied.
While this fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature, the incident remains under investigation by the Hopewell Township Police Department, Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Pebble Creek Court was closed during this fire-fighting operation.