Fire destroys landmark water tower

Lightning is suspected in a fire Monday that destroyed the wooden tank of a landmark water tower in Camden.

The slightly leaning tower sits atop an abandoned factory at Copewood and Thorn Streets and is seen by commuters riding the PATCO High Speed Line at the nearby Ferry Avenue Station.

Firefighters had to call in a ladder truck to battle the blaze, which was reported about 2:30 a.m.

It took firefighters several hours to bring the fire under control and to prevent it from spreading to the abandoned factory.

Officials said lightning was the likely cause.