Why We Search: Rescue in Abandoned Camden House

Squatter rescued and family in exposure removed


Camden firefighters responded to the 600 block of Kaighn Avenue at approximately 2300 hours on 24 June for a reported house fire. A squatter was rescued from the vacant house and family in the attached dwelling were removed (so much for “let it burn”).  Two police officers and a firefighter suffered smoke inhalation.

Click on image below for WPVI-TV video report.


Video report from NBC Philadelphia is below.


You can read more accounts such as these as well as news of departments and communities dealing with vacant and abandoned structures on Why We Search.



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BioPicBill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George’s County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville. Bill’s writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of “Fire Officer: Principles and Practice”, The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com. His recent writing on firefighter behavioral health has been nominated for 2014 Neal Award for Best Subject-Related Series.

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