The Hopewell Township Police Department, along with the Hopewell Fire Department, responded to a Route 518 address located between Route 579 and New Road, for a reported structure fire.
Police Officer James Klesney arrived on scene and observed flame and smoke coming from the exterior of the chimney of the residence. The two occupants of the residence were out of the residence when he arrived. The adult male and the adult female had been burning a fire in their stove when the fire breached the chimney and extended into the residence.
The fire does not seem suspicious in nature and is believed to have originated in the wood burning stove inside the residence.
Responding agencies included the Pennington Fire Department, Union Fire Company, West Amwell Fire Department, and Hopewell Valley Emergency Services.
This incident remains under investigation by the Hopewell Township Police Department and Hopewell Valley Emergency Services.
There were no reported injuries.
The residence was deemed uninhabitable and the residents were being assisted by the Red Cross and The Hopewell Township Health Department.