Hundreds Displaced After Massive NJ Apartment Blaze

By Glenn Zimmerman
|  Monday, Sep 13, 2010  |  Updated 12:16 AM EDT
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Hundreds Displaced After Massive NJ Apartment Blaze

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A four alarm fire ripped through an Orange, N.J. apartment complex today, displacing scores of people who will be taking up temporary shelter in a high school gym.

One person is still missing but there were no reports of serious injuries.

The blaze broke out on the roof the five story apartment building on Lincoln Avunue -- and smoke could be seen more than a mile away, fire officials said.

The fire chief told NBCNewYork he twice had to pull firefighters out of the building because the situation become too dangerous.

There are 96 units in the building and the hundreds of displaced people will be taking up shelter in a high school gym.

"Somebody kncked my door and I look outside and it was pure smoke. So I got my grand daughters and got out," resident Doreen said.  She said she doesn't have insurance and all her possessions were destroyed.

The cause of the blaze is unclear, but one resident said she thinks it was electrical.

The same bldg caught fire in 1966. In that blaze, a firefighter died.

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