Historic Walker House in Hopewell destroyed by fire

Firefighters on scene at the fire at the Walker House in Hopewell. Photo: Pennington Fire Co. Facebook.

Just after 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, firefighters from Pennington, Hopewell, and Titusville were dispatched to the historic Walker House on Woosamonsa Road after a fire was reported at the vacant home. The house burnt to the ground. No one was injured in the fire, officials said.

Firefighters said the building had been “free burning” for quite some time. Firefighter crews stretched multiple lines to extinguish the fire. Pennington and Hopewell tankers were used for a water supply.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. Hopewell Township police officers are working closely with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and Hopewell Valley Emergency Services to determine the source and cause of the fire. Officials said due to the total loss of the home, the investigation may take some time.

“At this time, evidence suggests that this is an isolated incident. A news report out earlier today suggested that this fire was arson, and was in some way linked to the fire on Washington Crossing Pennington Road in July,” read a statement from Hopewell Township officials. “However, due to the area of origin of that fire, it was determined to be non-suspicious, and presently there is no evidence of a link to the Walker House fire.”

Anyone with information about the fire please should contact Hopewell Township Detective Michael Makwinski at 609-737-3100 or email mmakwinski @ hopewelltwp.org.