Officials probe cause of explosion in house fire that killed 1, injured 4

Investigators investigating a two-alarm house fire that killed a woman and injured four others on Thursday morning, say an explosion occurred at the back of the West Deptford home.

The fire is not considered suspicious, township police said in an update Thursday afternoon, but are calling on anyone with information or video footage of the scene to come forward.

The Gloucester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the explosion and fire. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is participating in the investigation.

Teams responded to the 1300 block on Tatum Street around 4 a.m. and found the house completely burned down. The fire spread to the neighboring house, which was also destroyed. The fire was brought under control around 7 a.m.

Four people in the first house, along with three in the second, were able to escape, but a 54-year-old woman in the first house died, police said.

His name has not been released.

Three injured residents of this home, a 26-year-old man, a 31-year-old woman and a one-month-old boy, were treated and released from Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

A 57-year-old man from that home was taken to Cooper and then airlifted to Crozier Chester Medical Center in Pa., Where he remained Thursday afternoon.

Residents of the second house were not injured, police said.

Anyone with relevant information or videos relating to the fire is urged to contact West Deptford Police Detective Matt Carroll at 856-853-4599, ext. 168 or by e-mail to

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