Arson fire kills homeless man in Camden

Posted: March 03, 2012

Authorities have identified a 65-year-old elderly squatter killed Friday morning in a Camden arson fire.

After battling a blaze that burned through a rowhouse on the 1200 block of Decatur Street, fire fighters found Paul Johnson on the second floor of the home around 4:15 a.m., police said.

An autopsy ruled the man had died from smoke inhalation, and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office ruled the death a homicide.

Johnson had prior addressed in Collingswood and Oaklyn, but police believe he had most recently been living in the abandoned home.

Anyone with information on the fire or the victim is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor's Office Investigator Chuck Farrell at 856-225-8653 or Camden Police Detective Shawn Donion at 856-757-7420.

Mike Newall

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