5-alarm fire leaves 10 families homeless

September 24, 2008 9:16:45 AM PDT
A five-alarm fire that tore through an Old Bridge apartment complex left at least 10 families homeless this morning. Eyewitness News is told the fire broke out in the Madison Arms Apartments, a garden-style apartment complex on Rellim Drive, just before 5 a.m. Flames shot 25 feet into the air and spread through several apartments.

At least 10 families were left homeless by the blaze, which destroyed four apartments and damaged at least four others.

Officials say the complex was heavily damaged, and one building may need to be demolished due to structure being compromised by the flames.

One firefighter was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge for a back injury. An elderly woman was hospitalized after sustaining an asthma attack. Numerous pets are also missing in the blaze.

Firefighters were greeted by heavy flames in two apartments. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The two-story apartment complex offers 1 and 2 bedroom apartment units with 1 bathroom.

WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick

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