81-year-old killed in Winslow house fire

Posted: June 08, 2014

A fire Friday claimed the life of Winslow Township resident Edward Liberto, 81, just days after a memorial for his brother, who died after being hit by a car on May 27.

Firefighters arrived at the house on South Egg Harbor Road just after 1:49 a.m. to reports that a man was trapped inside, Winslow Fire Chief Terry Osborne said.

A firefighter entered the front bedroom through a side window and removed Liberto, who was taken to Virtua Hospital in Berlin.

The fire is thought to have started in the front bedroom, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Liberto was pronounced dead at 2:43 a.m., the office reported.

The fire, which required aid from other fire companies, was under control by 2:30 a.m., Osborne said.

The Prosecutor's Office and Winslow police are investigating with the county Fire Marshal's Office.

The firefighter who carried Liberto out of the house was hospitalized Friday after reporting shortness of breath, but Osborne expected him to be released quickly.

On May 27, Liberto's older brother, Rudolph, 85, died when he was hit by a car while crossing Route 73 in front of his house.

Edward Liberto's family declined to comment Friday.

According to Osborne, the last fatality from a house fire in Winslow was 20 years ago.




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