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100 Homeless in Woodbridge Village Fire

The blaze that destroyed 52 apartments kept flaring up into the wee hours.


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. 

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Sara July 11, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Ammunition!? I just read another story that the fire department is investigating whether overcrowding is involved. That's such a huge problem here. Several years ago, when I was renting, the people below us had emptied their living/dining room and put mattresses on the floors. I also had maintenance come and take care of a smoke alarm that was going nuts in my place. He told me that he was glad I actually called to fix it. He said many of the tenants will just remove and throw away the smoke alarms when they start chirping due to dead batteries. I feel for all that lost their homes, and really hope that it wasn't sheer carelessness that caused this to happen or make it worse. Thank you to all the firefighters for continuing to put their lives on the line, also.

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