On January 17, 2003 Camden, NJ firefighters were called to a dwelling fire in the 1600 block of South 6th Street in the South Camden section of the city. Police and EMS units on the scene reported that they had a middle of a row dwelling with heavy fire and smoke showing, with occupants trapped.
The first arriving fire units had heavy fire showing from a two story middle of the row dwelling. Companies lead off with two 1 3/4 inch water lines, as firefighters made their way through the heavy smoke and fire knocking down the flames in the first floor of the dwelling. A Special Call was made by Car 2, Deputy Chief Thomas Quinn for an additional Engine and Ladder Company to assist the first due Engine Companies.
The fire was quickly knocked down by fire fighters who stopped the spread to the adjoining dwellings. Firefighters found the body of one adult male in the rear kitchen area of the dwelling. He apparently had died before any units arrived.
The fire was placed under control in about 20 minutes by Batt. 2, Chief David Yates.
The companies remained on the scene overhauling and assisting the Fire Marshal's Office from this tragic mid afternoon blaze.