Smoke from New Jersey fire visible from NYC across river
EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a huge fire at a New Jersey apartment complex that’s sent flames sky high and smoke visible from New York City across the Hudson River.
No injuries have been reported in the blaze that broke out around 5 p.m. at the large, high-end Avalon apartment complex on Russell Avenue in Edgewater. Edgewater is about 10 miles north of New York City. Authorities say it appears everyone in the building was able to get out safely.
The cause of the fire is not yet known. Plumes of thick, black smoke issued from the fire, and New York emergency officials advised residents in Manhattan and the Bronx that they might see or smell smoke.
The firefighting effort is being hampered by winds and frigid temperatures. Authorities cordoned off some streets around the burning building, but no major traffic problems were reported.
A reporter on the scene says that the fire spread to a neighboring building around 8:45 p.m.