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Fire Claims Toddler’s Life, Injures 5 In Camden

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By Jericka Duncan And Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Fire officials are investigating a fatal four alarm fire at a Camden Apartment complex this morning. Authorities say it left a 22-month-old boy dead.

“I heard a big boom,” said Glenda Ransom, who has called the complex home for 15 years. “I’m just glad I made it out alive.”

Others weren’t so lucky, like the family living on the second floor of the child who was killed.

Lakheera Moore lives right across the street from the Gramercy Park Apartments on the 2800 block of Hull Road.

“I woke up, looked out the window and saw flames spreading from the beginning of the apartment all the way to the end, like really huge flames,” she said.

It was 2 a.m. when fire fighters responded, getting people out and battling the flames. Camden Fire Chief Michael Harper says there was one young fatality, a boy.

“The guys did bring out a 22-month-old. Transported him to the hospital; Our Lady of Lourdes I think he was treated at.”

Harper says five others were injured, including the child’s mother, father and 4-month-old sibling. Two others were also taken to area hospitals, though it’s unclear if they were related. Their conditions have not been released.

The Fire Marshal is investigating what caused this deadly blaze that destroyed eight units. The Red Cross is helping those displaced.

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