The Hopewell Township Police Department reports that, along with the Pennington Fire Company and Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, they responded to a Shrewsbury Court address end-unit townhome located in Brandon Farms for the report of a chimney fire. The resident of the home called 9-1-1 and self-evacuated the home. Officer Vincent Amabile arrived to find fire and smoke coming from the chimney and the exterior portion of the home near the chimney.
The Pennington Fire Company, under the command of Deputy Chief Jim DeForte, along with the Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, Hopewell Fire Department, Union Fire Company and Rescue Squad, Lawrenceville Fire Company, and the Ewing Township Fire Department, extinguished the fire. The Pennington First Aid Squad was also on scene.
The townhome suffered fire damage, as well as heat, smoke, and water damage. It was left uninhabitable.
Other adjoining townhomes lost power during firefighting operations but will be able to be reoccupied. PSE&G continues to work on restoring power to the units.
While this reports indicate that the fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature, the incident remains under investigation by the Hopewell Township Police Department and Hopewell Valley Emergency Services.