In the early morning hours today, a passing motorist reported a residential fire at a Pennington-Rocky Hill Road address near Baily Drive. Within minutes, Hopewell Township Police Officer John Ferner arrived and observed the home engulfed in flames. The home was listed for sale and was unoccupied. Fire personnel, under the command of of Chief Joseph Novak of the Hopewell Fire Department, arrived on location and began to battle the fire.
Responding agencies assisting the Hopewell Fire Department included Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, the Pennington Fire Company, Union Fire Company, Lawrenceville Fire Company, Ewing Township Fire Pennington Road Company, Montgomery Fire Company #2, Princeton Fire Department, Hopewell First Aid Squad and Pennington First Aid Squad. The fire was brought under control at approximately 5am. The home suffered major fire damage and appeared to be a total loss.
The source of the fire is under investigation by Officer Ferner, Detective Maccaquano, The Hopewell Bureau of Fire Safety and The Mercer County Prosecutors Office.