A 24-year-old man died in a house fire in the Richland Section of Buena Vista Township Friday.
A dozen fire departments responded to the fire, which was reported at 6:41 p.m. Friday along Tereck Road, off of Weymouth Road.
Firefighters spent more than four hours at the scene.
Heavy, thick, black smoke poured from the three-story home, and — while the entire house sustained serious damage — the worst of the fire appeared to have ripped through the home’s upper floors.
Firefighters relied on high-pressure hoses and good aim to knock out the steady raging fire that shot flames from the roof. Chainsaws were used to cut holes in the home for ventilation.
Fire officials at the scene confirmed the fatality.
The man’s identity is not yet known. It is also unknown if other people home at the time sustained injury. It was reported that one firefighter required medical attention during the evening.
The fire’s cause remains under investigation.
Nearby neighbors said the victim’s father ran to their home at about 6:30 p.m. asking them to call 911 and report the fire. The father later tried to run back into the home, but there were too many flames and too much smoke to re-enter the house, they said.
By the time firefighters responded about 10 minutes later, the house was fully engulfed.
Firefighters from Richland, Milmay, Newtonville, Weymouth, Folsom, Collings Lakes, Absecon, Dorothy, Mays Landing, Vineland, Landisville and East Vineland responded to the fire. Fire officials called for a third alarm due to the strength of the fire, sending extra personnel to the scene.
State Police from the Buena Vista station and EMS crews also visited the fire scene, as well as Fire Marshal Brian Murray.
As night fell along Tereck Road, officials brought lights to the area, hoping to get a better look at the damage.
Richland Volunteer Fire Company firefighters said there was a steady flow of tanker trucks being sent to the scene because there are no hydrants out in that section of the township.
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