About 100 left homeless after fire

August 23, 2008 9:05:31 AM PDT
About 100 people are homeless after a fire hits an apt. building in Irvington, New Jersey.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 byfire department personnel," said Captain John Tierney with Irvington Fire Dept.

Firefighters got the smoke and the flames under control and then focused on getting residents back into their apartments.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Pegues

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