Ewing, NJ (Mercer) – A tragic incident unfolded in Ewing as authorities responded to reports of a structure fire on Boone Avenue at approximately 7:11 p.m. tonight, January 23, 2024. Upon arrival, police officers were met with a distressing sight – flames engulfing the residence. Despite their valiant efforts, the officers were unable to gain entry due to the intensity of the smoke and heat within the building.
With swift response, the Ewing Fire Department – Station 30, alongside the West Trenton Volunteer Fire Department and Prospect Heights Volunteer Fire Department, arrived at the scene and promptly extinguished the fire. As the brave firefighters entered the premises, a tragic discovery was made. The lifeless body of an adult victim was found, and sadly, a dog also perished in the blaze.
The Ewing Police Department Detective Bureau, along with investigators from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, has taken charge of the investigation into the fire. The cause and origin of the incident remain unknown at this time, and the case is currently under active scrutiny. In respect for the victim and their loved ones, the identity of the deceased is being withheld until proper notification to next of kin has been made.
Earlier reports from MidJersey.news detailed the immediate response to the fire. Ewing Township’s dedicated team of career firefighters, supported by volunteers from the West Trenton and Prospect Heights fire companies, were swiftly dispatched to the scene at approximately 7:12 p.m. on the fateful evening of January 23, 2024. Boone Avenue, situated a mere couple of blocks away from Parkway Avenue, became the location of this devastating incident.
As firefighters arrived at the scene, they were greeted by a heart-wrenching sight – flames aggressively consuming the front of the house. In an effort to combat the inferno, hoselines were rapidly deployed, and firefighters valiantly ventured into the smoke-filled building, desperately searching for the elderly resident who was believed to be trapped inside. While reports indicate that one person was located within the premises, the extent of their injuries remains unknown at this time.
The Trenton Fire Department also provided support by dispatching a ladder company and battalion chief to stand by as a rapid intervention team until the fire was eventually brought under control at precisely 7:56 p.m. Collaboratively, the Ewing Fire Marshal’s Office, Ewing Police, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office have commenced a comprehensive investigation into the incident.
This tragic event has left the community in mourning as they grapple with the loss of a life and a beloved pet. As investigators work tirelessly to uncover the cause of the fire, the residents of Ewing stand in solidarity, offering their thoughts and prayers to the grieving family affected by this devastating incident.