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April 22, 2016

Early morning fire injures six in Camden, damages eight row homes

Cause under investigation

Six people – including two children – were treated for smoke inhalation and other injuries as the result of a spreading fire early Friday morning in Camden.

The flames ignited around 4:30 a.m. and damaged as many as eight rowhomes along the 800 block of Haddon Avenue, a main roadway in the city.

Officials reported at least two people escaped the fire by jumping from a porch roof.

The fire started at 828 Haddon Ave. and spread to neighboring properties by their attached porches.

It took more than half an hour to control the fire.

Victims were taken to both Cooper University Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center.

The home where the fire began is owned by Mohammad Farhat, a Camden resident, according to property records. Additional units on the same block of Haddon Avenue are owned by others with the same surname. All are listed as residents of the same North 35th Street address in Camden. None could be reached for comment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.