Edgewater residents displaced by apartment complex fire return home

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

EDGEWATER (WABC) -- People who live in the section of a New Jersey apartment complex that survived a massive fire are back in their homes.

Residents of the four-story building in Edgewater were allowed to return on Saturday morning.

The rest of the complex was destroyed in a fire on Wednesday. Inspectors are checking the remaining units for smoke and water damage, but those back home say they are grateful to have a place to go when so many of their neighbors have been displaced.

A maintenance worker accidentally sparked the fire with a blow torch. Fire officials say the building's lightweight wooden structure fueled the flames, and made the fire more difficult to fight.