Fifty-two apartments were destroyed in yesterday's in the Avenel section of Woodbridge, making more than 100 people homeless, officials said.
Two of the buildings were burnt up in the blaze that started around 3 pm and kept flaring up until 11 pm. Firefighters from Woodbridge companies responded, and were at the scene until well into the night.
The cause of the blaze is as yet undetermined. Firefighters said earlier that ammunition kept in one of the apartments was exploding as the heat of the fire reached it.
"It's terrible," said one of residents from a nearby apartment who kept watch as firefighters on aerial ladders kept pouring water onto the blaze that poured out billows of noxious smoke.
"I hope no one was hurt."
The Red Cross was helping the homeless find shelter, according to nj.com.
This story will be updated with news about how to help the victims of the Woodbridge Village fire.