Smoke from New Jersey fire visible from NYC across river

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

There were no initial reports of injuries in the blaze that broke out around 4:30 p.m. at The Avalon at Edgewater in the city of Edgewater, about 10 miles north of New York City Hampered by winds and frigid temperatures, firefighters battled a huge fire Wednesday night at a New Jersey apartment complex home to New York Yankees announcer John Sterling and many others.Bergen County Arson squad members along with ATF agents sift through the rubble of the Avalon River Mews in Edgewater on Sept. 1, 2000. (GEORGE MCNISH/THE STAR-LEDGER)James Kleimann | NJ Advance Media for EDGEWATER — It’s not the first time a massive inferno has engulfed the Avalon apartment complex –– the 408-unit building overlooking the Palisades Cliffs was under construction on Aug. 30, 2000 when a fast-moving fire ripped through the property and destroyed a dozen surrounding homes before eventually fizzling out. Though no deaths or serious injuries were recorded, the speed and ferocity of the blaze made it one of the most memorable in the history of Bergen County.

But then I started thinking about all the stuff, all the memories, whether it be music, books, and a lot of other stuff,” he said. “You know I was planning on moving to a new apartment complex and felt I was going to throw a lot of that stuff out. According to archived reports, the $75 million apartment complex, in the later stages of construction at the time of the fire, was wholly destroyed within a half hour, eventually swallowing two unfinished four-story apartment buildings, nine neighboring homes and 12 cars, damaging dozens more.

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.

Now I hope I haven’t lost it.’ Sterling told The New York Daily News that on his way back, ‘On one side of the building the elevators had already been shut down.

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