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IMG_3516The fire started at 214 Orange Street, the unit next to it has water damage. (CNBNews photo)

(GLOUCESTER CITY NJ)(April 1, 2020)--Gloucester City Fire Department (GCFD) was dispatched to the 200 unit block of Orange on Monday afternoon, March 31 for a dwelling fire. The fire broke out at 214 Orange Street, a three-story semi-detached wood frame property. It sits at the end of a row of four properties. The adjoining properties suffered water damage.Besides Gloucester City, eight other Fire Departments were involved in bringing the fire under control. 

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A man working on cleaning up those homes said none of the properties have a firewall in between them. Orange Street is approximately 100 yards from Proprietors Park, at King Street and the Delaware River.  

No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 


The Gloucester City Fire Department issued the following statement about Monday's fire. 

At approximately 3:15 pm the GCFD was dispatched to the 200 unit block of Orange Street for a report of a dwelling fire. Within less than one minute from dispatch, Battalion Chief 504 arrived and found a three story-wood frame occupied dwelling, end of the row, with fire and smoke showing from the second floor, striking all hands. Due to heavy fire conditions, a second alarm was transmitted by Chief Michael Hagan at approximately the ten-minute mark of the incident. With the quick response and determination of saving life and property, the brave firefighters held the fire from spreading to another occupied dwelling within the row of four homes.


We would like to thank our mutual aid companies: Westville Fire Department, Camden Fire Officers Local #2578, Collingswood Fire Department, Bellmawr Fire Department, Mt. Ephraim Fire Department, Haddon Heights Fire Department, Audubon Fire Department, Cherry Hill Fire Department. 

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Photo Credits: Westville Fire Department and Julian D’Alonzo

In the 1990s a similar fire broke out in an almost identical set of row homes, three blocks away, in the 200 unit block of Ridgeway Street. All of those homes were completely destroyed. What remains is a vacant lot. (CNBNews photo)