Authorities identify 54-year-old woman who died in fire in West Deptford as Jill Travis – CBS Philly

WEST DEPTFORD, NJ (CBS) – Police have identified the 54-year-old woman who was killed in Thursday’s West Deptford house fire as Jill Travis. Her husband is still in the hospital.

The violent fire broke out early Thursday morning. The flames also destroyed two homes.

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Investigators are still investigating the cause of this fire. Meanwhile, donations are pouring in.

A truck packed for the roof, from diapers to clothes of all sizes.

“I have to empty this two or three times more,” said Colonial Cafe owner George Damminger

Colonial Cafe is collecting donations for the families affected by a 1300-block fire on Tatum Street in West Deptford. The fire happened early Thursday morning and police say Travis was killed.

Travis’ husband is currently being treated at the hospital. Her son, her son’s wife and their newborn baby were able to cope.

The intense flames also spread to the house next door. Police say the family living there were able to escape but also lost everything.

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“I could not imagine losing my home, a family member and having an infant,” Leslie Damminger said.

Colonial Cafe owners Leslie and George Damminger teamed up with bartender Taylor Huesser and knew right away that they needed help. The fire was just a stone’s throw away.

“This is a very close neighborhood,” Damminger said. “Whether it’s customers coming in or not, they’re still our neighbors and we want to help in any way we can.”

And then the donations started flowing in non-stop. Bags and bags were delivered at all times of the day.

“I came in for lunch with my dad, and there were people I’ve never seen before,” Huesser said.

The dams say they have been blown away by the flow of support from their communities and hope this will help families rebuild.

“Just generosity,” George Damminger said. “Much of that.”

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CBS3 spoke with Travis’ daughter, and she says her family is extremely grateful for the support. You can drop off items at Colonial Cafe or donate to the victims on GoFundMe sites here, here, and here.


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