New Year's Day fire damages Egg Harbor Township home

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Dennis C. Sharpe / Bargaintown Lt. Roy Merrill, who lives one block from the location, arrived and reported a Dennis C. Sharpe / Bargaintown Lt. Roy Merrill, who lives one block from the location, arrived and reported a EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A Locust Avenue couple was displaced New Years Day after an afternoon fire heavily damaged their home.

Volunteer fire companies from Cardiff, Bargaintown Farmington responded at 3:23 p.m. for a report of smoke coming from a structure fire, according to Dennis Sharpe, assistant chief of the Farmington Volunteer Fire Company.

Bargaintown Lt. Roy Merrill, who lives one block from the location, reported a "working fire" with heavy smoke showing from the attic of the one-story, wood frame single-family home, Sharpe said.

Cardiff Engine 1512 arrived first; upon entering the attic a request was made to open the roof to relieve the smoke and trapped heat, which allowed firefighters to quickly bring the fire under control, he said.

The fire scene was under the command of Cardiff Chief Rob Winkler who requested an engine from the Farmington Volunteer Fire Company for relief as temperatures were in the teens.

The fire and police departments are investigating the cause of the fire.

Responding were units from Bargaintown, Cardiff and Farmington volunteer fire companies along with the Egg Harbor Township Police Department, Shore Medical Center EMS, which brought a rehab vehicle to the scene for warming, the Cardiff Ladies Auxiliary, which provided refreshments, Atlantic City Electric, and the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter.

The Red Cross provided a hotel to the displaced couple (a male age 72 and female age 64) with additional assistance for food and clothing. Referrals to other human service organizations were also provided, said Laura Steinmetz of the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter.

Locust Avenue is located off of English Creek Avenue near Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company Station 2.

Dennis C. Sharpe / Volunteer fire companies from Cardiff and Bargaintown responded at 3:23 p.m. for a report of smoke coming from a structure fire. Dennis C. Sharpe / Volunteer fire companies from Cardiff and Bargaintown responded at 3:23 p.m. for a report of smoke coming from a structure fire.

 


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