At least 52 apartments were involved in a huge fire Tuesday afternoon at the Woodbridge Village Apartments in the Avenel section of Woodbridge, officials said.
At least one of the huge warehouse-like buildings, located off Routes 1 and 9, was involved in the fire; two connected buildings were apparently sustaining heavy smoke damage. Strong winds blew acrid, dense smoke from the parking lot to the front of the building, engulfing fire engines and firefighters on the ground.
A police officer pointed out sounds of minor explosives - the sound of ammunition in a gun cabinet being ignited by the blaze. The popping ammunition caused fire flares through the roof of the building.
Firefighters on aerial ladders were pouring water on the fire from the front and rear of the building.
At least 50 firefighters from the Woodbridge Fire Department, Carteret Fire Department and are battling the fire, which began shortly after 3 p.m.
Avenel EMS and Woodbridge County EMS are also at the scene.
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