1924 Camden City Directory and the April 1930 Census shows Clarence
McMullen at 323 Warren
Avenue. Clarence McMullen had been appointed to the Fire Department on
March 1, 1930. He was assigned to Engine
Company 2, where he worked until March 10, 1943 when he was reassigned
to Engine Company 7.
On January 1, 1950 he was transferred to Engine
Company 9 in East Camden.
1931 Clarence McMullen bought a home at 486 North
35th Street. He rented an apartment in the late 1930s and early 1940s
to brother firefighter John McKay.
after 7 A.M. on May 23, 1941, a Box was transmitted for a fire at
Streets, South Camden. Arriving companies found a three-story
commercial building with fire roaring one hundred feet into the sky. A
second alarm was transmitted on arrival, followed by third and fourth
alarms ordered by Chief
John Lennox. The building contained a food market on the ground
floor and a clothing factory above. At the height of the blaze, Firemen Clarence
McMullen and James Creato
narrowly escaped with their lives after a burst of flame nearly enveloped
them as they forced an interior door to a shaft. Both members fought their
way out under the cover of hose streams directed by their comrades. Chief
of Department Lennox and four firemen while at the far end of
the blazing building on West
Street, heard the shrill cries for help coming from a nearby dwelling.
Racing into the home of Mrs. Elizabeth O'Hanlon at 423 Clinton
Street, they found an excited albeit unscathed parrot, in a
kitchen birdcage still crying for help. The bird was carried to safety by
the firemen. The blaze was brought under control at 10:30 A.M. but not
before heavily damaging the block long building.
McMullen was still living at 486 North
35th Street when he retired on pension on June 26, 1960. He
was still living in Camden when he passed away in September of