Home fully engulfed in flames in Hopewell Township

HOPEWELL TWP., Pa. — Everyone inside a home in Hopewell Township was able to get out after the house caught on fire Wednesday afternoon.

A woman was home at the time of the incident in the 100 block of Davidson Lane, and was able to get herself, a child and pets out before the home was fully engulfed in flames.

Brandon Riffle is in shock after watching his family’s home go up in flames. He told Channel 11 he lived here with his in-laws. He also said his wife saved their baby and pets.

“My daughter was taking a nap in the house. She ran in. She got all the dogs out, and she got my daughter out and immediately got out the way,” Riffle said.

Hopewell Township Assistant Fire Chief Shawn Marocco said someone called in the fire at around 2:40 p.m. and, by the time his crews arrived, the flames were through the roof. It took them two hours to have it under control.

“When the initial units got here, the bulk of the fire was coming from the garage area. But unfortunately, it spread throughout the house,” Marocco said.

“Before even my stepdad, who’s a police officer for the township, could get here, it took him not even eight minutes to get here, and the house was gone.”

The house is a total loss. But for Riffle, his most precious jewels are alive and well tonight.

“I am so relieved that my wife’s first thing immediately was to get the baby and get out. And thankfully, she was able to get the dogs as well on the trip. She’s holding it together the best she can,” he said.

Pennsylvania police will be handling this investigation to find out the exact cause of the fire.