CAMDEN, NJ — Seven people were treated for smoke inhalation following an early morning Tuesday fire.
The Camden Fire Department responded to the 2600 block of Baird Boulevard at roughly 6:25 a.m. on a report of a house fire on the second floor of a vacant twin family home.
However, when firefighters arrived they found seven homeless individuals inside. After they were saved, all were treated for smoke inhalation.
There were no further injuries to the crews and no deaths.
Less than a week ago, a homeless woman was similarly rescued from a Pine Street blaze.
"It is very common for homeless civilians to occupy vacant homes during extreme temperatures," a fire official told TAPinto Camden, referring to the frigid nights.
"As such, Camden firefighters never assume that reported 'vacant' dwellings are in fact vacant....The quick stop by Camden firefighters prevented more serious fire casualties and extension to adjacent structures," officials added.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.