Firefighters battle blaze at Heathercroft condo in Egg Harbor Township (VIDEO)

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Laura Stetser/Smoke can be seen flowing out of Heathercroft Condominiums Unit 75 on Friday, April 25. Laura Stetser/Smoke can be seen flowing out of Heathercroft Condominiums Unit 75 on Friday, April 25.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP  Firefighters were battling a fire that broke out in a first-floor end unit of the Heathercroft Condominiums around 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 25.

Heathercroft resident Chris Declet, who lives in a second-floor unit next door, said he smelled smoke, and by the time he got down the stairs and outside, he saw plumes of it flowing out of the first-floor unit next door, Unit 75, and called 911. 

"I pulled off the soffit, and smoke came pouring out," he said. "All of our smoke detectors were going off and no one was here yet, so I kicked the door in and went inside to see if anyone was in there. I didn't see any flames, but there was a lot of smoke."

On the scene, firefighters from the Bargaintown and Cardiff volunteer fire companies pumped water onto the unit. Both sashes of the side window of the residence were broken. A chainsaw was used at one point, though where was unclear as the view was obstructed by trees. Egg Harbor Township Police Department and Emergency Medical Services squad also responded, as did the utiltiy companies. 

Declet said he did not believe anyone was inside the Unit 75, but was worried about the damage to his unit next door.

"I hope I can still live here," he said.

Just down the street in the 300 building, four families had been displaced after a serious fire just more than last year ago on April 3 that also injured one firefighter.

Construction workers were still on the job repairing the other units while the firefighters worked the new fire. 

 Check back for details.

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