The spectacular blaze that gutted much of an Edgewater, N.J. luxury housing complex was still smoldering this morning as fire officials began investigating what caused the inferno that left 400 homeless.
There were no fatalities or serious injuries in the fire at the Avalon at Edgewater that could be seen for miles up and down the Hudson River.
Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland thanked firefighters from three counties in Jersey and the FDNY, who rushed to the scene after the first calls came in at 4:30 p.m. yesterday.
Among those displaced was Yankees announcer John Sterling, who told local CBS he left with just the clothes on his back: “I walked to the building and smelled smoke, and I went out to my floor where my apartment is, and the smoke was so bad I couldn’t see, and I thought, ‘Hey, we better get out of here.’”
The complex reportedly had a sprinkler system and whether it was functioning was unclear, officials said.
(Photos courtesy of Anthony Quintano / Flickr)