ROSE STREET is a small street that runs parallel to Mount Ephraim Avenue, from 1156 Sycamore Street south to Everett Street.
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|1100 Block of Rose Street|
1928 Joseph Romanowski
1910s-1920s Andrew Mroczkowski Family
|1300 Block of Rose Street|
|1400 Block of Rose Street|
1969 Augie's Beef & Ale
1995 Percival "Poppy" Smith
1969 Hank Wardach's Tavern
|Camden Courier-Post - July 15,1995|
'Suspicious' fire kills man
- An elderly man died Friday in a house fire that officials are labeling
"Poppy" Smith, 71,
found lying on the floor next to the bed in the front upstairs bedroom of
his home at 1442 Rose
St., officials said. Neighbors reported he had lived in the house for
could be a fire bombing," said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Joseph
Audino. ''All the damage was through the front of the home.”
Jackson, a boarder in the home, desperately attempted to save Smith, said
a woman who lived nearby.
was trying to break down the door and crying, 'Poppy, Poppy,''' said Venus
Harris of Atlantic Avenue. "Then there was
a fiery explosion
his face and he had to give up. So I went to get help."
called 9-1-1 at
2:44 p.m., said 3rd Battalion
Chief Joseph Gallagher. Three minutes later, Gallagher said, his unit
arrived to fight the blaze.
fire was out in 10 minutes·
so the hot weather wasn't a big problem," Gallagher added. "But
the whole first floor and part of the second floor were totally burned.
The fire also spread to the porch of 1444
Rose Street, where nobody was
was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m., said Audino. As his body was brought out
three minutes later, Jackson's brown mixed-breed dog, Missy, walked
forlornly back and forth in front of the house.
said an autopsy would be performed today or Sunday, but that preliminary
indications were that Smith died "as a result of the fire."
lived in the home with his niece, Anita Harper, Jackson, and George
Taylor, Audino said. It was not known whether anyone else besides Smith
was in the house when the fire started.
The whereabouts of Jackson on Friday night were unclear.
are checking a report that residents of the Smith home were recently
involved in an argument with another resident. "It's under
investigation," Audino said.
neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said some men "broke the
windows on the first floor at least three times in the last few
Another bystander said a woman had tried to move into the house recently and, when she was refused, "threatened to burn it down.
Aftermath: Firefighters (above) battle a fire at a Camden house. The first floor and part of the second floor were damaged. EMT Pat Kessler (below) tries to calm boarder Ace Jackson who was injured when he tried and failed to get in the front door to save 'Poppy' Smith, 71.
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