CAMDEN, NJ — An early Sunday morning fire in Camden resulted in 2 people dead and 7 others injured, including a member of the Camden Fire Department (CFD) who dislocated his shoulder fighting the blaze.
Reports of the three-alarm fire at 3416 Cramer St., near Davis Elementary School, came in around 3:15 a.m. - as temperatures were dipping into the low 50s.
The fire also displaced more than 20 people.
Information on the two victims has not been disclosed.
"[The fire] took about hour and half to bring under control," a fire official told TAPinto Camden, noting that a simultaneous fire came in at roughly 3:45 a.m. at 3832 High St.
More details on the High Street fire have not been released.
The cause of the Cramer Street multi-family apartment building fire is still under investigation, officials said.
Sam Munoz, president of Camden Fire Officers Local 2578, said the CFD is still dealing with fallout from layoffs earlier this year - with vacant positions for two vacant Deputy Chief positions, a Training Battalion Chief and a training Captain.
"This decision by the city has proven to be dangerous as two simultaneous fires greatly exposed our ability to safely mitigate multiple incidents," said Munoz. "Mutual aide companies from out of town had to be called to protect residents."