Fire on Potter Street Under Control in 20 Minutes, Antique Cars Saved
No injuries are reported in the Haddonfield garage fire.
A one-alarm fire in a detached garage in the unit block of Potter Street in Haddonfield on Friday evening was quickly brought under control with no reported injuries, according to fire Chief Joe Riggs.
The blaze was reported at 7:05 p.m. and was under control in less than 30 minutes.
The fire was originally reported to be in the vicinity of Snowden Avene and Haddon Avenue (near the Acme market). The fire department was quickly diverted by Haddonfield Police to the actual address on Potter Street. Upon arrival, they found that the reported garage was actually an old two-story, historic "barn style" garage structure which housed seven antique cars and several motorcycles.
The entire second floor and roof system was engulfed in flames. Firefighters from Haddonfield and Cherry Hill Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire utilizing Haddonfield's compressed air foam system and water. While extinguishing the fire, the firefighters were able to remove and save six of the cars and one motorcycle from the blaze, all with little or no damage. One pickup truck and one motorcycle was destroyed. The fire was placed under control in less than 30 minutes and there were no reported injuries.
There was heavy smoke from the fire though-out the downtown Haddonfield business district. Smoke from the fire could be seen from as far away as Philadelphia and Moorestown NJ. The cause of the fire is undetermined and is under investigation by the Camden County Prosecutors Office and the Haddonfield Police Department. The Haddonfield Police, Camden County and Cherry Hill Fire Police assisted with traffic control on Potter Street at Kings Highway and at the intersection of Ellis Street.
Westmont Fire Company assisted with overhauling the building and Lawnside Fire Company sent a Fire truck and firefighting crew to the Haddonfield Station to cover the rest of the town while Haddonfield firefighters were committed to the fire scene.