Camden rowhouse fire kills man, injures woman

Posted: March 11, 2012

Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a victim of a house fire in Camden early Saturday that killed a man and critically burned a woman.

About 3 a.m., a fire spread through two vacant rowhouses in the 600 block of Point Street, said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. The connecting wall between the properties had been knocked down, and a number of squatters had been living in the buildings.

The man was found dead and badly burned in a second-floor bedroom. He was wearing a religious medallion around his neck that investigators hope may help identify him. The man was described as about 5-foot-8 and very slightly built.

The female victim, a 20-year-old from Atco, was in very critical condition, with burns covering 60 percent of her body. Laughlin said she was burned while trying to rescue the other victim. Investigators have been unable to interview her.

The cause of the fire was not believed to be suspicious, Laughlin said. Investigators said candles may have caused the blaze.

Anyone with information is asked to call Camden City Detective Randy Smith at 856-757-7420 or Camden County prosecutor investigator Rich Nicolella, 856-225-8436.

- Mike Newall

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