Residents Evacuated by Warehouse Fire Go Home

NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -

Dozens of residents evacuated after a large warehouse fire erupted in central New Jersey last week were finally allowed to return home on Sunday.

Authorities say the fire that broke out early Wednesday in North Brunswick has been contained, and air quality in the area has been improving. But they kept residents out of their homes until now as a “safety precaution,” noting that any fire or smoke flare-ups would likely spur another evacuation.

But Mayor Mac Womack gave residents the good news on Sunday.

“I think this is a all-clear, all-clear, so thank goodness they were finally able to give us that,” he said.

Hundreds of firefighters responded to the blaze, which broke out in the rear of the complex that is used by eight businesses off Livingston Road in North Brunswick, Fire Chief Donald Salzmann said.

One firefighter was treated at the scene for a hand injury.

County officials identified eight companies with businesses in the warehouse, including a plastic framing company, home improvement and wood flooring companies, a sprinkler company, an electrical supply firm, a clothing company and an auto repair shop. At least two of them were Jewish-owned.