An investigation is ongoing into the cause of a house fire that ripped through the back of a vacant Linwood Avenue home early Sunday morning.
According to , a formal inquiry is standard procedure when a fire breaks out in an unoccupied dwelling. But next-door neighbor Bea Beauchemin believes investigators may discover something during the routine check.
She told Patch that she overheard there may have been multiple points of origin for the fire, and indicated a plank that had been pulled from the side of the structure—the bulk of the damage appears at the back of the home—as evidence for her suspicions.
The Camden County fire marshal could not immediately confirm her theories at press time, although the department promised a call back from investigators.
A wooden deck attached to the house shows evidence of smoke damage, and there are piles of freshly cut timber stacked below it. Windows and a doorway leading into the kitchen have been boarded up.
Beauchemin says the woodpiles likely are there from landscapers who had been hired by the property owners to clear the surrounding brush. The home is listed with Weichert Realtors as an estate sale.
Beauchemin originated the 911 call at 4:35 a.m. Sunday that drew emergency services personnel to the scene. She had been awakened by a strong odor of smoke and saw that the property adjacent to hers was ablaze. Members of the were able to quickly control and suppress the flames.
Prior to the incident, a property listing described the home as “a diamond waiting to be shined,” and warned that whoever met the $185,000 asking price would need to bring some “TLC” to the premises.