Another major fire in Camden called ‘weird’ by chief

    No one’s saying the word ‘arson,’ but a retired firefighter who was near the scene called Camden’s second fire in three days  ‘a little weird.’

    This blaze, which broke out about 2:30 a.m. Saturday and moved fast, happened at the vacant Howland Croft, Sons & Co. building, at 4th and Winslow streets.

    According to the Camden Courier Post, firefighters had a much easier time bringing this blaze under control because they weren’t also fighting ridiculous heat and water supply problems.

    The Courier reported that retired Cherry Hill Fire Capt. Larry Colacicco was at a rehab station yesterday. A former member of the Fire Marshal’s Office, Colacicco noted how unusual it is to have two major fires back-to-back. 

    “Two huge vacant building fires in three days seems a little weird to me,” Colacicco told the Courier. 

    On Thursday, a vacant building went up in flames in Camden’s Gateway Section, about a mile away.

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