Irvington fire under investigation

August 23, 2008 9:05:14 AM PDT
Fire investigators in New Jersey this morning are trying to determine what started a fast - moving fire inside an apartment building in Irvington.Newscopter-7 was over the building on Friday as firefighters battled the flames and smoke.

Residents stood behind the police tape looking at their fire damaged apartment building, wondering just one thing.

"I don't even know if they're going to let us back in the building," said Inez Harrison.

The fire spread across the top floor of the building. Firefighters say it started somewhere on the fifth floor.

The building at 160 Ellis Avenue is home to more than 100 residents, living in about 40 apartments.

The black smoke and the flames billowed from the buildings, as residents ran for the fire escapes. "About 30 to 40 people had to be evacuated on arrival while other people had to be helped by fire department personnel," said Captain John Tierney with Irvington Fire Dept.

There is still no word yet on when victims will be allowed back into their apartments.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Pegues

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