LOCATION: Buttonwood Village Apartment Complex
CASE #: 20-3382
On January 21st at approximately 12:01 am, Gloucester Township Police responded to Buttonwood Apartments located at 486 South Black Horse Pike, for a report of a fire. Arriving officers encountered heavy smoke and observed active fire on the roof of building A. As Gloucester Township Fire Departments were arriving, Officers began evacuating the building.
Gloucester Township Fire Departments E88, Station 82, 81, 84 Station 85, Station 86, Runnemede, Lindenwold, Somerdale, Bellmawr, Stratford, Washington Twp, Pine Hill, Cherry Hill, County OEM, GT OEM, Station 84 FM, CC FM, and EMS responded to battle the fire.
There were no injuries to any residents. Two Gloucester Township Police Officers were treated for smoke inhalation at Jefferson Hospital in Stratford and released.
All residents were placed in alternate housing by the apartment management. Building A was deemed uninhabitable and was boarded up.
This incident does not appear to be suspicious at this time but is under investigation by Gloucester Township Police Department Investigations Bureau and the Camden County Fire Marshal.
This is a reminder to check your fire suppression systems and alert / audible alarm systems to ensure they are operational. Smoke alarms are a key part of any fire escape plan. When there is smoke, there is fire which can spread quickly. Working smoke alarms give you early warning, so you can get outside quickly.