1 dead, 4 hurt in West Deptford fire that damaged 3 homes

One person has died and four others were hospitalized following a fire that damaged three homes in West Deptford, New Jersey Thursday morning. 

Firefighters were called to the 1300 block of Tatum Street around 4 a.m. for a report of a house fire.

When crews arrived on the scene, they found one home fully engulfed in flames and reported that the fire had spread to a neighboring home. 

Authorities say four people who were in the first home, and three people from the second home were able to escape the fire.

Family members from the first home reported that a 54-year-old woman was unaccounted for. Authorities say she was later found deceased, succumbing to heavy smoke and fire.

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At least part of the home that caught fire appears to have collapsed.  (FOX 29 Philadelphia)

The other four people who were in the first home, including a 1-month-old boy, were taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden for further evaluation. A 57-year-old man was later airlifted to Crozer Chester Medical Center for further treatment. 

All of the residents from the second home were uninjured.

A third home sustained damage from the heat, authorities on the scene told FOX 29.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 



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