Authorities Investigating House Fire in Hopewell Township, NJ

Hopewell Township authorities are investigating a fire at an unoccupied house.

Hopewell NJ police received a report of a structure fire at a house on Elm Ridge Road. Hopewell police officers and Pennington firefighters then responded to the scene.

When police and firefighters got to the house, they found flames in the kitchen and the living room. The firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the flames.

Several firefighting units assisted with the effort to put out the fire. The other units included crews from Pennington Fire Company, Hopewell Fire Department, Lawrenceville Fire Company, Union Fire Company, and Lawrence Road Fire Company.

The Pennington First Aid Squad also went to the scene to assist in the event of any injuries. Thankfully, there were no reports of injuries to any of the firefighters. However, police did reveal that the house sustained significant damage due to the fire.

Authorities from several departments are actively investigating the incident to determine whether arson was involved in the fire. Among the investigating agencies are the Hopewell Township Police Department, Hopewell Valley Emergency Services, the Mercer County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

For additional information, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Authorities Investigating Unoccupied House Fire in Hopewell Township.”

Hopewell Township NJ Police Investigate Report of White Powdery Substance at Mercer County Correction Center Mailroom

A white powdery substance was discovered at the Mercer County Correction Center in Lambertville NJ, setting off an emergency response from Hopewell Township police.

Sometime shortly after noon, a corrections officer at the facility opened a letter in the mailroom. According to authorities, the letter contained a white powdery substance.

As a result of the officer’s discovery, the facility’s mailroom was quickly shut down.

Additionally, the officer’s exposure to a possibly toxic substance sparked an immediate response from local police and emergency responders.

Among those responding to the scene were members of the Hopewell Township Police Department, the Lambertville Fire Department, the Union Fire Department, and Hopewell Valley Emergency Services.

The Trenton Hazardous Materials Response Unit also responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. Members of the unit quickly determined that the substance was heroin.

Thankfully, no one was injured as a result of the incident. The Mercer County Correction Center resumed normal operations within an hour of the substance being reported.

Authorities have not revealed if there are any suspects in the case.

For additional information, see the NJ.com article entitled “‘White Powdery Substance’ That Briefly Shut Down Mercer County Jail’s Mail Room was Heroin.”