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City Of Camden Sets Up Fund For Families Displaced By Two Fires

Camden Mayor Dana Redd (Credit: David Madden)

Camden Mayor Dana Redd (Credit: David Madden)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The City of Camden has set up an account to channel donations for those who lost their homes in a pair of multi-alarm fires last week.

Twenty households, some 70 people, were displaced by the 12 alarm fire that gutted an old tire factory over a week ago and an eight alarm two days later and a few blocks away in a three story warehouse.

Camden Mayor Dana Redd has pledged housing assistance for those without a home right now. “We are our brother’s keeper and we must do something to assist in times of need.”

Any PNC bank in Philadelphia or South Jersey will take donations in the name of the Chestnut/Winslow Fire Victims Relief Fund.

One church has already put $2000 into that account. A doctor has stepped up to offer free health screenings for those affected. And Wal-Mart is donating gift cards to families to get clothes and such.

As for the probe of those fires, officials are no closer to determining a cause or a link between them.

Reported By David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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