Hundreds in New Jersey Flee Fire at Apartment Complex

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

5-alarm fire burning at apartment complex in N.J..

A massive multialarm fire tearing through a large apartment complex in New Jersey has likely left hundreds homeless tonight — including the beloved voice of the New York Yankees. “I was wondering what I was going to do for clothes.EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a huge fire at a New Jersey apartment complex that’s sent flames sky high and smoke visible from New York City across the Hudson River. I went to my elevators (at the back of the building) and tried walking in, but the smoke was so intense I said to myself, ‘John, you better get the hell out of here.’ So I just drove away,” he recalled. “One positive is, if there can be any, is all the people that have called me up asking how I’m doing.

Plumes of thick, black smoke issued from the fire, and New York emergency officials advised residents in Manhattan and the Bronx that they might see or smell smoke. One firefighter told CBS2’s Schneider he had never seen a blaze like it. “I came here around 5:30, and basically there wasn’t that much of a fire, but it was just smoke,” said complex resident Hamza Alkhayyat. “But now, as you can see, it’s horrible.” When the apartment complex was under construction in 2000, another fire burned through it and nearby homes were damaged in the blaze, according to CBS New York.

Numerous firefighters from Edgewater and surrounding towns were battling the blaze, but their efforts were being hampered by windy conditions and frigid temperatures.

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