54-year-old woman killed, child injured in West Deptford house fire, police say – Greeley Tribune

WEST DEPTFORD, NJ (CBS) – A Gloucester County neighborhood is in shock after a woman died in a fire overnight. Employees work to secure properties on Thursday after a fire destroyed two homes and killed one of their neighbors.

According to the police department, a 54-year-old woman was killed in a massive house fire in West Deptford. Officials said all members of her family, including the 1-month-old girl, fled.

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“It’s just devastation. It’s never going to be the same. Where are you going from here? I feel so bad for them,” said a neighbor.

The West Deptford community is in mourning after an overnight fire.

“Words can’t explain it right now. Somebody lost their life,” said neighbor Aaron English.

The Tatum Street fire was first reported around 4 a.m. Thursday. By the time the fire brigade team arrived, two nearby houses were on fire.

Eyewitness news was present on the spot that the two-storey house collapsed. Google Maps images show what the house looked like before the fire.

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“I walked out and I was like oh my god and my heart just sank and I just stood there and cried for a minute,” said neighbor Tonya Kampmeier.

“I wake up, I look out my front window and next thing you know there are flames coming out the top of the roof,” said English.

Shortly before the fire broke out, the neighbor heard the sound of an explosion.

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Police say two men, a woman and a one-month-old baby were injured. One of the men was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center, which is known for its burn unit.

Others were taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. His condition is not known.

Three people from the second house managed to escape and did not require medical help.

“We are always here for them if they need anything. I just feel so bad,” said a neighbor.

“It was so lousy. There were just flames everywhere. Couldn’t really see anything,” Kampmeier said.

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Kampmeier said officers came to his door and told him to get out of the house, grabbing his grandchildren and belongings.

“It’s just flat-out crazy,” she said.

The fire was brought under control by the workers at around 6.30 am, two houses were burnt to ashes.

The third house has suffered minor damage. Gloucester County Fire Marshals will investigate the cause of the fire.

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CBS3’s Jan Carabio and Howard Munro contributed to this report.