Another multi-alarm warehouse fire in Camden

Chopper 6 HD over the scene of a multi-alarm fire in Camden, New Jersey on July 5, 2011.

July 6, 2011 4:19:22 AM PDT
Fire investigators are looking into another blaze at a vacant warehouse in Camden. This one forced people nearby out of their homes overnight.

It is the sixth multi-alarm fire in Camden in the last month. There is no word yet on the cause of the blaze.

Nearby resident Ben Crackolici says, "I just don't think it's coincidence. It's more like they're all being set - too many in a row."

Crackolici was among those forced to evacuate Tuesday night as the fire threatened at least a half dozen nearby homes.

The is fire is just the latest abandoned Camden warehouse to go up in flames - this one along 6th Street and Carl Miller Boulevard around 9:30 p.m.

"I live across the street from it and we [saw] some red glow coming through the windows. We didn't know if our house was on fire or what," explains Crackolici. "Then we came out and the flames were shooting out and flames was shooting out the top windows like 15 foot up in the air."

Chopper 6 was overhead as firefighters fought down flames at the warehouse, which was once was known as the Coverall Paint Factory. It's believed to have been vacant for at least the last 15 years.

This is the 6th multi-alarm fire the city has seen in a month. The blaze on June 19th at a Camden detergent factory has been declared arson. Others remain under investigation, but residents in Camden are suspicious and some believe the fires could be retribution for firefighter cutbacks.

Firefighters are still working to cool hot spots inside the building. Officials are keeping the area secure while the fire and its cause remain under investigation.

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