Fire destroys Perth Amboy warehouse

January 23, 2008 10:45:46 AM PST
A huge warehouse fire made for a busy Wednesday morning for firefighters in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.The fire broke out early this morning and quickly grew to three alarms as flames poured into the sky.

The fire was so intense that, at one point, crews had to move their trucks further back from the building.

The fire broke out at 578 Sayre Avenue.

New Jersey reporter Toni Yates has the story.

The warehouse is completely destroyed. The big question is, what ignited the fire? It was early in the morning, the warehouse wasn't open and employees hadn't gotten to work yet.

Flames lit the early morning sky. The fire broke out around 6 a.m.

Factory owner Michael DellaMonica got a call from one of his employees, who saw the fire on TV.

"I got a phone call from my bookkeeper," he said. "She had seen it on the news early this morning."

Dozens of firefighters from at least three area towns joined in the battle to douse the blaze. They say it was no easy task, as the flames had plenty of fuel to feed it - wooden cabinets that at least 15 customers were waiting to have delivered.

"We just want to assure those customers that we are going to replace the cabinets," DellaMonica said. "Obviously, we'll try to do it in a timely fashion. But we just hope the community has a little patience."

John Blaho lives near the warehouse. He and his wife were awakened by the activity.

"There were embers of fire coming over the house," he said. "I thought my house was going to catch on fire."

Fire investigators still do not know what sparked the blaze.

DellaMonica says he is just thankful no one was injured. He says the company will operate out of another store. He expects it to take a month to five weeks to replace the destroyed cabinets.