A extra-alarm fire destroyed an apartment complex and left hundreds of people homeless Wednesday evening in Edgewater. The complex was built by AvalonBay, the developer of the downtown hospital site in Princeton. The company also owns and operates five other apartment complexes in the area in Lawrence, Plainsboro, West Windsor and Somerset.
The fire began around 4:30 p.m. and quickly spread in the complex made of lightweight wood construction, fire officials told reporters. By late evening, the fire stretched for three city blocks and a state of local emergency was declared by the mayor of the town. The fire grew so large that the flames were visible from Midtown Manhattan and were picked up on the weather radar Wednesday night.
No serious injuries have been reported. About 1,000 people were displaced by the fire.
Another major fire at the site in 2000 destroyed a $70 million apartment complex that was under construction called Avalon River Mews.
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