54-year-old woman killed, baby boy injured in West Deptford house fire, police say – CBS Philly

WEST DEPTFORD, NJ (CBS) – A neighborhood in Gloucester County is in shock after a woman was killed in an overnight fire. Crews are now working to secure the properties on Thursday. Two homes were destroyed in this fire and one of their neighbors here was killed.

A 54-year-old woman has died after a raging house fire in West Deptford, according to the police department. Officials said her family members, including a 1-month-old, all fled.

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

A community in West Deptford is in mourning after the fire overnight.

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

The fire on Tatum Street was first reported around 4 a.m. Thursday morning. When firefighters arrived, two adjacent houses were on fire.

Eyewitness News was on the scene when the two-story house collapsed. Google Maps photos show what the homes looked like before the fire.

“I went outside and I was like oh my god and my heart sank right and I just stood there crying for a minute,” neighbor Tonya Kampmeier said.

“I get up, I looked out of my front window, and the next thing you know, flames are spreading over the roof,” English said.

Neighbors report hearing a blast moments before the fire broke out.

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Police say two men, a woman and a 1-month-old boy were injured. One of the men was flown to Crozer Chester Medical Center, which is known for its incineration unit.

The others were taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Their relationship is unknown.

Three people in the other house here were able to escape and did not need medical attention.

“If they need anything, we’re always here for them. I’m just feeling so bad,” said one neighbor.

“It was awful. There were just flames everywhere. I could not really see anything,” Kampmeier said.

Kampmeier said officials came to her door and asked her to grab her grandchildren and belongings and get out of the house.

“It’s just crazy,” she added.

Crews got the fire under control around noon. 6:30. Two homes have been destroyed.

A third house suffered minor damage. The Gloucester County Fire Department will determine the cause of this fire.

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CBS3’s Jan Carabeo and Howard Monroe contributed to this report.


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