Saturday, February 23, 2013
At least two people were injured in the Haddon Heights fire as large house split into apartments was decimated by fire Saturday.
A smoky inferno Saturday afternoon in a three-story, Victorian house in the 100 block of the White Horse Pike in Haddon Heights injured at least two people. The fire, in a home apparently converted into apartments, was reported shortly before 3:43 p.m. At least one victim was transported to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. The building largely collapsed from the intensity of the fire. The number of alarms struck and the time the fire was under control were not immediately available. Fire crews from all over the area rushed to the scene. See videos from the scene, witness the aftermath and hear what Haddon Heights' mayor had to say about the incident. Don't miss any Haddonfield or Haddon Township news. Sign up for Patch's free daily …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Units from Audubon, Bellmawr, Camden and Gloucester cities, Cherry Hill, Mt. Ephraim, Pennsauken and Westmont joined Squad 16 in containing the second-story fire.
It came through dispatch as an apartment fire at the Heights of Collingswood—and then the caller hung up, said Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis. Within four minutes, respondents from eight other nearby companies joined him at the scene of a second-floor apartment fire that sent one woman to the hospital Wednesday afternoon. The fire was under control before 1:30 p.m., Davis said. The woman reportedly suffered smoke inhalation and later received treatment at Cooper University Hospital in Camden for her injuries, which authorities termed “non-life-threatening.” Members of Collingswood Squad 16 were sent up to the second floor on a search-and-rescue with a 5-pound extinguisher, and were able to knock down some of the fire when they …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Firefighters rescue two dogs from the home.
A two-alarm fire Sunday in the 100 block of Prospect Road in Haddonfield was brought under control in 30 minutes with no reported injuries, said Joe Riggs, chief of Haddon Fire Co. No. 1. Flames were shooting out of the two-story, dwelling when firefighters arrived. Responders were there minutes after the blaze was reported at 5:56 p.m. The fire was tamed and brought under control at 6:31 p.m., Riggs said. There was significant damage to the home, but no injuries. Firefighters from Cherry Hill and Haddon Heights also responded. Riggs added: Firefighters encountered heavy smoke conditions inside the home while attempting to extinguish the blaze and found that the fire had extended from the back porch area, up the back wall of the home and …
Friday, July 13, 2012
"We might not have our material things but we have life..."
A one-alarm fire Friday morning at the Pacific Apartments in Collingswood was brought under control in 20 minutes with no reported injuries. When firefighters arrived at 7:56 a.m., two minutes after the call came in, flames were shooting through a front bedroom window, Fire Chief Keith Davis said. "We were able to contain the fire to the bedroom," Davis said. "The cause is under investigation by the county fire marshal." Four units in the garden-style apartments at 117 Pacific Avenue, near Cooper River Park, were evacuated. Davis said smoke alarms in the building were working. "I heard glass breaking," said Mark Morrison, 34, a worker at J&J Snacks who was in his basement apartment there with his 21-year-old daughter. "I went to my door …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Christina Paciolla tells her story.
A first-hand account by Christina Paciolla, Cinnaminson Patch editor. In my line of work, when I hear a loud boom, smell smoke or hear a siren or fire truck, I grab my notebook and get ready to report breaking news. But when that loud boom and odor of smoke happens outside my bedroom window at 8 a.m. on a Monday morning, my instincts sort of change. Early this morning, I woke up to the sound of what I assumed was landscapers or construction workers. But my cat Franny's meows let me know something was wrong. You see, she's sort of a guard cat. I went into my office, opened the screen to the window, stuck my head out, and saw the meters and circuit breakers for my apartment building booming, smoking, sparking and more. That's not supposed …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Firefighters used compressed foam to douse the flames.
A one-alarm fire in a home in the 200 block of Rhoades Ave. Wednesday afternoon was quickly brought under control with no reported injuries, according to Haddonfield Fire Chief Joe Riggs. The blaze was reported at 2:07 p.m. and was quickly brought under control. It was contained to an enclosed, attached, screened porch in the rear of the home. The borough's Haddon Fire Co. 1 extinguished the flames with compressed air foam, Riggs said. The wooden porch was significantly damaged and there was also minor interior damage to the home. Cherry Hill Firefighters also responded and helped ventilate the home.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Detectives are asking for the public's help to find out who set the fire, ruled an arson.
Update, March 3, 8:46 a.m.: The Camden County Prosecutor's Office identified the victim as Paul Johnson. His family was located and notified of his death Friday night. --------------------- A man with ties to Collingswood and Oaklyn was killed in Camden Friday and authorities are hunting for those responsible. Camden police and the county prosecutor’s office are investigating the case as a homicide by fire and are asking for the public’s help in providing information. A 65-year-old man was found dead in a burned building on the 1200 block of Decatur Street in Camden early Friday morning, the county prosecutor’s office said. An autopsy revealed he died of smoke inhalation, and the fire was ruled an arson. The fire took place in an …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The fire at the Coldwell Bank building at 20 Kings Highway West occurred at 3:43 a.m. Tuesday.
A two-alarm fire early Tuesday morning in an office building on Kings Highway West in Haddonfield spewed heavy smoke, caused structural damage and led to one firefighter being taken to the hospital as a "precationary measure," according to the fire chief. The blaze at 20 Kings Highway West was reported at 3:43 a.m. It was under control by 4:15 a.m. It appeared to have started on the third floor of the three-story office building and spread to the attic and roof, fire Chief Joe Riggs said. Kings Highway West near the PATCO rail station was closed until 6 a.m. The cause of the fire appears to have been electrical, Riggs said. The building is a Coldwell Banker real-estate office. Riggs said the firefighter who was transported was expected to …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Borough firefighters will use a vacant home for a drill with simulated smoke.
The borough fire company will conduct a training drill from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 601 Chews Landing Rd., near Oak Avenue. The drill, in a vacant house, will include simulated smoke and fire apparatus. The training exercise could close parts of Oak Avenue and may temporarily limit access to some driveways in the area. Residents are advised to speak to the officer in charge of the drill in front of 601 Chews Landing Rd. to report any problems. Residents can also call the Haddonfield Fire Co. No. 1 at 429-3000 in advance of the drill with any questions.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Power cut to tracks at the request of fire marshal.
PATCO train service resumed shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, using only one track in an area affected by a massive fire. Full service resumed a short time later. "We were only down for about 20 minutes," said Ed Kasuba, spokesman for the Delaware River Port Authority that operates the light-rail service." Fortunately this happened at 6 p.m. Our heaviest traffic is between 5 p.m. to 6 p.m." Kasuba said NJ Transit provided some buses to transport commuters from Philadelphia up to the Westmont station in Haddon Township during the disruption. He said the service is now operating between all stations, but on a delayed schedule. __________________________ A raging eight-alarm fire in Camden on Thursday afternoon has led to the suspension of …