WEST DEPTFORD, NJ (WPHL)- Four people are hurt, one is dead, and two homes are destroyed after a fast-moving fire broke out inside a home in West Deptford, NJ.
The flames broke out Thursday morning around 4:00 am along the 1300 block of Tatum Street. Neighbors tell PHL17 the fire started in one home, but the flames were so intense a neighboring home then caught fire. According to fire officials, both homes collapsed due to the 3-alarm blaze.
Four residents of the first home and three people from the second home could escape the fire, police say. After getting out of the fire safely, residents from the first home told police someone from their family was still missing.
According to police, fire officials could not find the missing person, a 54-year-old woman who ultimately succumbed to the heavy smoke and fire. Her four family members were treated at the scene by Gloucester County EMS and later taken to Cooper University Hospital for further treatment.
The Gloucester County Fire Marshall office is investigating the cause of the fire.
Stay with PHL17 for updates on this developing story.