Two Rescued From Roof Of Burning Home In Florence

May 9, 2023 Afternoon Update:

FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Firefighters reported that on May 9, 2023, at 7:03 a.m. the Florence Township Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire. The initial dispatch information there was a house fire with people trapped inside. Upon arrival, units reported heavy smoke, 2 people trapped on the front roof, and heavy fire on the right rear of the building. The firefighters placed a ladder to the roof, rescued the trapped fire victims, and stretched a 1 ¾” hose line. The fire extended into the apartment on the second floor, the attic above, and the adjoining duplex on the left side.

Fire departments from Bordentown City, Bordentown Township, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Delran Township, Riverside Township, and Willingboro Township all assisted with fire suppression operations.

Both residents from the apartment were transported to the appropriate hospitals.

The fire was placed under control at 7:47 a.m., and is under investigation by the Florence Township Fire Marshal and the Florence Township Police Department.

“Working smoke detectors save lives, test them monthly, have an escape plan, have a meeting place, and practice them.”

Earlier story below:

May 9, 2023

FLORENCE, NJ (BURLINGTON)–It was reported that around 7:00 a.m., this morning a fire was reported in the 300 Block of Third Street with reports of two people trapped. Firefighters arrived and found smoke and fire coming from a 2 1/2 story duplex home with two victims trapped on the roof. Two were rescued from the roof and medical helicopter was called to the scene to fly them to the hospital. Two lines were stretched and firefighters vented the roof. The fire was placed under control in about a half hour.

This is a breaking news report from radio reports as well as witnesses on scene. Once official information becomes available the story will be updated.

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