Massive Blaze Rips Through NJ Condo Complex

Parts of Route 27 shut down while firefighters battle flames

By Tracie Strahan
|  Tuesday, Jan 4, 2011  |  Updated 10:35 AM EDT
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Chopper 4 captures a massive blaze tearing through a condo complex in Rahway, N.J.

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A massive fire ripped through a condominium complex under construction in Rahway N.J., early Tuesday.

The four-alarm fire started around 1:30 a.m. at the vacant multi-story building along Route 27.

Rahway Fire Chief Bill Young said five area engine companies were called to help combat the surging flames. Given the intensity of the fire, the department let it burn itself out since it's too dangerous for firefighters to get inside the structure. 

Authorities said the blaze was under control by 10:30 a.m. No injuries were reported.

The wind carried smoke to the neighboring towns of Elizabeth and Linden. NBCNewYork crews could smell it when they got off the Turnpike en route to the scene.

Route 27 was closed for hours between Hazelwood and West Grand Avenue, according to the Department of Transportation's traffic website.     

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