and Kristin Holmes
A four-alarm fire that witnesses say rousted them from bed in the middle of the night with an explosion tore through a Camden apartment complex, killing a toddler, and injuring four others.
A four-month-old baby is among those hospitalized, and eight units were destroyed as a result of the blaze that began shortly before 2 a.m., according to Camden Fire Chief Michael Harper.
"It’s a bad fire," Harper said early this morning at the scene at the Gramercy Park apartments in the city’s Fairview section.
Harper said there was no known cause identified yet, and the fire that killed a 22-month-old was under investigation. He said it was unclear if all the injured, which included what’s believed to be the mother and father of one of the children, were all in the same unit. The injured were taken to both Cooper University Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, both in Camden. Officials did not immediately identify the victims.