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8 people displaced, several firefighters injured in multi-home Mount Holly fire

Fire officials say the flames erupted at a residence on the 100 block of Cherry Street and spread to two other homes.

News 12 Staff

Aug 14, 2023, 2:14 AM

Updated 309 days ago

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Officials say eight people were displaced and several firefighters suffered minor injuries following a fire in Mount Holly Sunday afternoon.
They say the four-alarm fire started at a residence on the 100 block of Cherry Street and spread to two other homes.
Crews responded to the first house fire around 4 p.m.
"We come out, we already noticed that the second house is catching on fire, so we're forcing entry into that house, trying to get those homeowners out," said Mount Holly Township Police Department Sgt. Greg Walters.
Asherah Bey was inside that second house at the time with her three kids.
"Someone banged on the door and said, 'Get out the house. The house is on fire,'" Bey said.
She and her kids made it out safely, but the fire caused extensive damage to the back of the home.
"What I was told is we lost everything, and they were able to salvage our music equipment that we had upstairs in the attic because the attic was shut," she said.
Bey said thankfully her family will be together for her daughter's birthday on Wednesday.
"A lot of it is smoke damage and I guess the most significant thing is that we're OK," she added.
The American Red Cross is helping the family and the homeowners of the first house where most of the damage was sustained.
The Burlington County fire marshal and the Mount Holly Township Police Department were still investigating the cause of the fire as of Sunday night.
The injured firefighters are expected to fully recover.


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