Camden fire kills at least 2, injures 7, displaces dozens

By KYW Newsradio 1060

CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — At least two people are dead and more than a half dozen injured after a fire ripped through a Camden apartment building early Sunday morning, which authorities call "suspicious in nature."

The three-alarm fire at the building on the 3000 block of Cramer Street forced the Camden Fire Department to call in help from crews at six other departments.

"It's very significant. We haven't had anything like this in a number of years," said Camden fire chief Michael Harper.

He said the fatal fire left dozens of people without a home.

"The one thing I can say, because of the type of occupancy that it is they had more people in there," he explained. "You see, we have 20-30 people displaced so it's a considerable amount of people living in this structure."

At least seven people were sent to the hospital, including one firefighter.

"They had several people jumping out of the upper floor windows on arrival when our guys got here," said Harper. "They had a considerable amount of fire.

The Camden County office of emergency management and the Red Cross are working to help the people displaced by the fire.

Authorities added it will take the fire marshal until at least Monday to determine the cause of the fire.