Camden Fire Causes ‘Strong Smell of Rubbish,’ Concern in the Waterfront South –

29January 2021

CAMDEN, NJ– Waterfront south homeowners in Camden awakened Friday to the strong odor and smoke coming from a junkyard fire.

Camden authorities said the fire was dispatched at 4:39 a.m. at 1400 South Front Street, with 6 units currently on the scene.

“We likewise have an unit from Gloucester FD doing air monitoring south of the fire, a mutual aid Air Unit to fill our members depleted air bottles, and the County Health Department who examines hazmat events,” a fire union spokesperson stated.

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Firefighters are still fighting the blaze around Noon, with the odor traveling to nearby towns as well.

Up until now, 4 firemens have gotten medical treatment for smoke inhalation and a 5th had to be carried for breathing distress.

City Councilwoman Shaneka Boucher informed TAPinto Camden that – while the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has not currently suggested that the smoke is dangerous – she advises citizens to head to H.B. Wilson (2250 South 8th Street) or Creative Arts (990 Morgan Blvd.).

Both schools are being established to protect residents while the fire subsides.

Homeowners in requirement of transportation can call ( 856) 757-7200.

There have been no reports of deaths. Strong winds have actually made combating the blaze more difficult.

Donna Helmes, who has worked with The Heart of Camden considering that 1996 and seeks advice from there now, said almost a dozen homeowners have reached out to her directly today. The non-profit helps homeowners with housing and other requirements in the waterside south part of the city.

Helmes states she issued a complaint with the DEP today over the occurrence at the junkyard. She noted that EMR Camden – another recycling center near Iron & & Metal – sometimes squashes gas tanks triggering explosions to call out in the waterfront south community.

“We just had a community conference this week about EMR, through Zoom” she said. “The waterfront south is the poster child of why we need environmental justice. The DEP said there was no strategies to evacuate people at this time, that it's not harmful but I can't envision it's a good thing to breathe that in … there's lots of people with asthma in this location.”

Carlos Morales, executive director for The Heart of Camden, shared a video of the organization's headquarters this morning. Fog could be seen throughout Broadway.

“As much as things alter at the end they actually do not. I have citizens calling me fearful about what they're breathing,” Morales stated.

According to the National Weather Service, wind gusts in Camden have ranged in between 30 miles per hour and 40 miles per hour throughout the early morning.

“With the strong winds today the odor of burning plastic and rubber is strong in the municipalities surrounding the City,” the Camden County Emergency Management Office said online.

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