An early morning fire tore through a home on Grant Avenue Friday, displacing five people, the fire chief said.
The blaze at 849 Grant Ave. erupted just before 5:43 a.m., Chief Michael Duelks said. Firefighters who arrived at 5:49 a.m. found thick smoke and fire showing from the second floor of the 2 ½ story residence, he told TAPinto Westfield.
“All residents of the four-family dwelling were safely evacuated, and attack lines were deployed to extinguish the fire,” Duelks said.
First responders treated three of the residents for minor smoke inhalation, he said. Firefighters declared the blaze under control at 6:23 a.m. but not before it rose to two alarms, Duelks said.
In a statement, he said authorities determined the fire to be electrical in nature.
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Authorities in Camden, New Jersey have announced an arrest in connection with a three-alarm fire that displaced 22 people on Mother's Day.
Nakyah Barnes-Nelson, 20, was taken in custody late Thursday. She is a resident of the building, police say.
Barnes-Nelson is charged with two counts of arson and related offenses.
Police tell Action News that the suspect, in a fit of anger, doused a male companion's belongings with perfume and set them on fire on a wooden balcony.
The flames spread from there.
"The agency still has one person of interest we would like to speak with regarding the fire," the Camden County Police Department said Friday.
That person of interest was not identified.
Firefighters responded to the Myrtle Place Apartments on the 4000 block of Myrtle Avenue around 5 a.m. Sunday.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending universal masking in nine New Jersey counties.
COVID transmission rates are increasing in all 21 counties, but transmission levels have reached the CDC's highest tier in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean and Sussex counties.
According to the CDC, in areas where transmission is high, individuals should "wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status or individual risk (including in K-12 schools and other community settings.)"
New Jersey is seeing an average of 3,701 new positive COVID tests per day, which is a 37% increase from a week ago. The rate of transmission is 1.25, indicating an active spread of the coronavirus.
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