Cause of southern NJ factory fire probed

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Posted: Jun 10, 2011 6:24 AM
Cause of southern NJ factory fire probed

Firefighters remain on the scene of a 12-alarm blaze that turned an abandoned tire factory in southern New Jersey into smoldering rubble and damaged several row homes.

Investigators on Friday hope it will cool down enough so they can begin combing the charred remains and determine what sparked Thursday's inferno at Camden's vacant Reliable Tire Co. They also need to total the nearby damage.

A haze lingers over the neighborhood and the smell of smoke punctuates the air.

Officials estimate at least 20 residents were displaced.

No residents were injured. However, at least three firefighters were hospitalized for heat exhaustion after fighting the flames in near 100-degree temperatures