CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
May 23, 1962
Fire Rakes 3 Vacant City Houses
Three attached vacant dwellings, 424, 426, and 428 North 5th Street, already slated for demolition were badly damaged by fire. Low water pressure, a seemingly never-ending problem in Camden in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s made fighting the fire in a proper manner impossible.
The buildings, which had been acquired by the Delaware River Port Authority and were to be razed in order to make way for an expanded headquarters, are best remembered for the giant billboard thermometer that sat atop them. which could be seen by all traveling east into Camden from Philadelphia.
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