1 killed, 2 houses collapse after fireplace in West Deptford, New Jersey

2022-01-14 10:26:00

WEST DEPTFORD, New Jersey (WPVI) — One particular person was killed after a fast-moving fireplace tore by a South Jersey neighborhood bringing down two houses.

The three-alarm fireplace broke out round 4 a.m. Thursday at a house on the 1300 block of Tatum Avenue in West Deptford.

Arriving crews noticed the home totally engulfed in flames and mentioned the fireplace had unfold to a neighboring dwelling.

The depth of the fireplace resulted in each houses collapsing.

VIDEO: Motion Cam on scene of West Deptford fireplace

There have been stories of individuals trapped earlier than firefighters arrived.

Authorities mentioned 4 residents of the primary dwelling, in addition to three individuals within the second dwelling, had been capable of escape the fireplace.

Those who had been capable of escape from the primary dwelling informed authorities on the scene that one in every of their relations was nonetheless lacking.

The West Deptford Police Division mentioned, “Regardless of efforts to find and extract that particular person, a 54-year-old feminine, she in the end succumbed to the heavy smoke and fireplace.”

Police mentioned the sufferer’s relations who did make it out of the house – a 57-year-old man, a 26-year-old man, a 31-year-old girl and a 1-month-old boy – had been handled on the scene by EMS. They had been then taken to Cooper College Hospital in Camden for additional analysis.

The 57-year-old man was later airlifted to Crozer Chester Medical Heart for added remedy.

Many neighbors informed Motion Information the residents had been made up of a pair, their grownup grandson, a lady and the toddler.

“I am shaking like loopy. I am nonetheless in shock. I actually need to know what occurred to the grandson and the great-grandbaby. We simply do not know something but. Hoping we discover out one thing quickly,” neighbor Tonya Kampmeier mentioned.

Neighbors mentioned the household had lately moved into the house. Data present the house was offered in September 2021. Neighbors mentioned the previous owners renovated the house earlier than promoting it to the household.

The proprietor of the second dwelling informed Motion Information everybody in her home was accounted for and is OK.

A 3rd dwelling sustained minimal exterior harm.

Neighbors got here out onto the road to look at the firefighters battle the raging flames and to see if everybody made it out.

“I simply really feel dangerous for them. You’re employed all of your life and now it is gone. It is simply gone. It is unbelievable. I am unable to imagine that occurred to them,” neighbor Tom Dougherty mentioned.

Crews remained on the scene for hours spraying down sizzling spots.

The reason for the fireplace is underneath investigation by the Workplace of the Gloucester County Fireplace Marshal.

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