Camden County, NJ, House Fire Leaves Man Dead, Responders Hurt

May 10, 2024
A woman was rescued by Waterford Township police officers, who were transported for smoke inhalation.

Chris Sheldon


A man was found dead inside a burning Camden County home Thursday afternoon after police were able to rescue a woman from from the flames, authorities said.

Officers from the Waterford Township Police Department were called to a house on Cooper Folly Road in town at 1:13 p.m. and saw heavy smoke rising from it as they arrived, according to a release from the department.

They were able to enter the home, found a woman inside and quickly got her out, police said. They went back inside to get a man who was supposedly trapped but were unable to find him.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and found the man, identified Thursday evening as 89-year-old James Lucas, dead inside, the department said.

The woman police were able to safely get out of the home was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Five officers were taken to area hospitals to be treated for smoke inhalation and two of them were transferred to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia for additional treatment, police said.

Two Waterford Township firefighters who sustained burns while putting out the fire were also taken to a local hospital.

As of 7 p.m., the cause of the fire was still under investigation.


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