Firefighters from more than a dozen Burlington County municipalities teamed up to battle a two-alarm fire that gutted both sides of a duplex in Florence Township on March 24, 2024. The fire at West Third Street, started on the right side of the duplex and rapidly spread to the left side. The rear of the duplex was already well-involved in fire when Florence’s Rescue 4011 arrived. The heavy fire conditions, together with exposure concerns and live power lines that dropped and complicated firefighting operations on Side A, prompted a second alarm to be struck. Offensive operations were attempted several times, but deteriorating conditions forced crews to evacuate twice. A police officer and a civilian were reportedly transported to the hospital for burns. Assisting Florence were firefighters from Beverly, Bordentown City, Bordentown Township, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Chesterfield, Delran, Evesham, Mansfield, Mount Laurel, Springfield, and Willingboro. Also, special-called to the scene from Camden County was Cherry Hill’s Rehab 13 Canteen unit.

– Fire News photos by Michael Ratcliffe/Lawrence Township FD