Fire Ravages Apartment Complex, 1,000 Homeless

EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) -
Firefighters work Wednesday at a multi-alarm fire at an apartment building in Edgewater, N.J. (AP Photo/The Record, Viorel Florescu)
Firefighters work Wednesday at a multi-alarm fire at an apartment building in Edgewater, N.J. (AP Photo/The Record, Viorel Florescu)

A 240-unit, four-story apartment complex across the Hudson River from New York City was ravaged by fire on Wednesday, with the flames still smoldering on Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters went door-to-door as flames moved quickly from the first floor upwards. They made three rescues and no one was missing. Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland said 240 units were destroyed and 168 units in a nearby complex were saved.

The building complied with construction and fire codes.

The Red Cross established a shelter for approximately 500 residents who were permanently displaced from the apartment complex, and approximately 520 who were temporarily displaced from surrounding buildings.

More than 14 years ago, a fire started at the same location where a five-story condominium complex was under construction and destroyed nine homes and damaged several others.