Fire at Princeton home has been deemed suspicious

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The three-alarm fire that broke out in an empty house on Hodge Road, Princeton, last month has been deemed to be suspicious in nature, a municipal official said on Aug. 3.

Princeton fire official Joseph Novak said he could not elaborate about a case that is in the hands of the Princeton Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Authorities have said the fire was reported at 11:50 p.m. July 16 in a sitting room on the second floor of the home.

Firefighters from nearly 20 fire companies from Princeton and the surrounding area responded to battle a blaze that sent two firefighters to the hospital and took a little more than an hour to bring under control.

NYC REO LLC is listed as the owner of the 1920s era house, municipal tax records showed. The residence, which has an assessed value of $2.5 million, had been up for sale for a few years, but was vacant for a few months, municipal officials have said.