One dead, 40 displaced in Hoboken fire

153 apartments were evacuated
January 29, 2008 3:43:11 PM PST
Eyewitness News has learned a body was discovered inside one of the two large apartment buildings ravaged by a fourth-alarm fire in Hoboken Tuesday morning. Authorities say the body was found hours after the fire burned 1203 Washington Street just after 1:30 a.m. Heavy flames were seen shooting out of the windows and through the roof.

Investigators say the fire does not seem to be suspicious, but do believe it started in the victims apartment.

"All the smoke alarms were sounding loud and clear," said one fire official.

Fire officials say one resident was rescued from a balcony and treated for injuries. The rest of the residents were reportedly able to get out by themselves.

The fire forced the evacuation of 153 apartments, according to the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey. As a result, a shelter has been set up at the Wallace School.

Eyewitness News is told eight apartments were destroyed by the flames.

Two firefighters were injured, officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

City spokesman Bill Campbell says the displaced people have been taken to a nearby school and are meeting with representatives of the Red Cross.