CAMDEN, NJ — The Camden Fire Department fought a blaze early Thursday morning at a vacant two-story dwelling on the 1700 block of South 6th Street in Camden. 

A union spokesman told TAPinto Camden that the fire broke out at approximately 3:30 a.m. and took abut 40 minutes to bring under control.

Initial reports indicated that "squatters" were trapped inside. 

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"Upon arrival B1, SQ7, and L2 found a heavy smoke condition emanating from the first-floor windows which erupted into heavy fire shortly thereafter," Camden Fire Local #2578 said in a statement Thursday morning. The vacant structure was fortified so an extensive forcible entry effort was needed. 

Four people who were on the premises jumped from the second-floor windows prior to the fire department arriving. Neither they nor any firefighters were injured. No one was found following additional searches, according to fire officials. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

"Fires in vacant dwellings are a constant threat to Camden firefighters. We’d like to remind everyone that since June 26, the CFD has been operating with a depleted Command Structure as several critical supervisory positions remain vacant," the union said. "You can help us by contacting city hall and letting them know that we need our supervisors to ensure life and property in the city as well as our firefighters are adequately protected."

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