A home on Madison Avenue was destroyed by an early morning fire, according to the Hopewell Police Department.

A neighbor reported smoke in the area and police were dispatched to investigate at 1:33 a.m. on Nov. 25. When officers arrived, they found the house fully engulfed in flames. The house was uninhabited.

When Pennington firefighters arrived on scene, the decision was made to call the first alarm, according to the Pennington Fire Department’s Facebook page. A second alarm was requested for water tankers.

Due to the heavy fire, firefighters were fighting the fire from outside the home, according to a Facebook post. Firefighting was defensive due to the integrity of the building and the extent of the fire. Firefighters did not enter the house.

The Pennington Fire Department was assisted by the Hopewell Fire Department, Union Fire Company, Lawrenceville Fire Company, Lower Makefield (PA) Fire Department and West Trenton Fire Department, police said.

Hopewell Valley EMS and Pennington First Aid also responded, police said.

The cause of the fire, which caused extensive damage to the home, is under investigation by the Hopewell Police Department, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and Hopewell Valley Emergency Services.

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