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UPDATE: 52 Apartments Caught up in Woodbridge Village Blaze

Officials said that at least 52 living units sustained fire or smoke damage Tuesday afternoon.

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.

This is a developing storyline. Woodbridge Patch will have more information as it becomes available.

carole tonks July 11, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Is there a central source where donations are being taken? Please email me at ctonks@adacil.org
Deborah Bell July 11, 2012 at 09:29 AM
We'll let you know as soon as we find out.
Conni Spellman July 11, 2012 at 04:03 PM
This is on the Avenel page on Facebook: "Here is more info from friends in Woodbridge EMS to help if you can! This afternoon a massive blaze swept through 52 units in a apartment complex in Avenel displacing dozens of residents .Over the next couple days we will be collecting “lightly used” clothing and new toiletries to help these families that have lost everything. There will be a drop off points tomorrow till Friday at the following locations: Evergreen Center, Inman Avenue, Colonia ,VFW, Inman Colonia, American Legion, Colonia, The Woodbridge Community Center For more information please call Debbie@ the Colonia Corner @ 732-382-0273."
Karen Devlin July 15, 2012 at 05:50 PM
The Woodbridge Elks Lodge 2116 located at 665 Rahway Avenue in Woodbridge is hosting this Saturday 7-21-12 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the families of the fire. Please come out and show your support......
Michele Fortunato Kiss August 22, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Renter's Insurance is so very important, unfortunately when Hurricane Irene hit 285 Mcfarlane Drive #181. The rent insurance does not cover flood damage. I was homeless for 3 months before they informed me that the building was condemed! Renter's Insurance does not cover flood damage, you must get a seperate policy. I had to relocate, and start over! This was the second flood there in 3 years! The Rahway River lies behind this area, and the clean up is slow. Those apartments are still condemed one year! STILL????? WHY?????? Ask Mayor Mc???


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