Collingswood FD Battles Eldridge Ave. House Fire


Four people and a dog were displaced after the incident, which brought six local fire companies to the scene of a single-family home.

By Matt Skoufalos | January 18, 2018

Eldridge Avenue house fire, January 2018. Credit: Collingswood Fire Department.

Firefighters from six local companies responded to an early morning house fire in Collingswood, making “a great stop on a fast-moving fire,” borough fire chief Keith Davis said.

Emergency crews were summoned to the 600 block of Eldridge Avenue at 8:07 a.m. Thursday, and had the fire under control by 8:30 a.m.

Davis said companies arrived to heavy fire showing in the rear of the home, and extinguished the flames without injuries to civilians or firefighters. Three adults, a teenager, and their pet were evacuated safely and are in the care of the Red Cross, he said.

The fire was ruled accidental and unintentional; the chief said it was possibly caused by an electrical malfunction.

Fire companies muster on Eldridge Avenue to fight a house fire, January 2018. Credit: Yvonne Valenza.

In addition to the Collingswood Fire Department, responding to the call were Pennsauken 1132 and Cascade 11, Westmont Ladder 15-1, Gloucester City Squad 51, Cherry Hill Ladder 1324, and Camden Rescue 1 and Camden County OEM bus, Davis said.

The chief also asked that borough residents make sure they have working smoke detectors on every level of their homes and a carbon monoxide detector by the bedroom.

For a free smoke detector, call the Collingswood Fire Department at 856-854-7447.

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