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Four Residents Displaced, Two Cats Dead in Gloucester Township House Fire

By rlsmetro on
Gloucester Township

Authorities in Gloucester Township are looking into the cause of a fire that killed two cats and left four residents displaced Monday. 

According to Gloucester Township Police, at approximately 12:41 a.m., the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to  Oakmont Road in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township for a reported house fire.

Police officials said arriving officers found heavy smoke coming from the residence.

Officers assisted residents safely from the residence and evacuated any immediate neighbors, according to officials.

The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the original fire residence by Gloucester Township Fire  Department  Stations 81, 83, 84, 86, and 88, along with units from Pine Hill and Runnemede Fire Departments.

Officials say four occupants of the home were not injured, but firefighters found two cats deceased. The residents were displaced and were provided lodging with assistance by the American Red Cross.

"While this incident does not appear to be suspicious at this time, it is being investigated by the Gloucester  Township Police Department Investigations Bureau, Gloucester Township Fire Department Station 84 and the Camden County Fire Marshal," official said.

"This is a reminder to check your fire suppression systems and alert/audible alarm systems to ensure they are operational. Smoke alarms are a crucial part of any fire escape plan. When there is smoke, there is fire, which can spread quickly.

Working smoke alarms give you an early warning so that you can get outside quickly," Gloucester Township officials continued.   

The investigation is active.