The fire on the fourth floor of the building damaged at least two apartments, and smoke and water affected many more. No one was seriously injured, but several firefighters and tenants were treated for minor injuries. Fifty-one families were displaced.
Besides smoke and water damage, several doors were damaged by firefighters gaining entry to the area, Morales said. "We have 25 doors to replace," he said.
He said that as long as a safety inspection allows it, tenants of the first through third floors will probably be able to return after five days. He said he could not give an estimate for the fourth and fifth floors.
Morales said that some of the tenants are staying with relatives or friends, and the rest are being put up in hotels by the Red Cross. He said that Applied will donate money to the Red Cross to help.
Morales said that there was no connection between this fire and another one on the same block in the 1990s.
A source said that the Hoboken Rotary Club is organizing a fundraiser for the fire victims. Updates, as always, will be published at hudsonreporter.com when they are received, and comments can be left below.
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