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Hundreds of residents displaced by apartment complex fire start returning to their homes


EDGEWATER, New Jersey — Hundreds of people who live in the surviving structure of a northern New Jersey apartment complex that was mostly destroyed by a fire this week have returned to their homes.

The Record ( reports that residents of the Avalon Bay complex in Edgewater were notified late Friday night that they would be allowed return Saturday morning. Residents of the four-story building's top floor were allowed in first, while residents in the descending floors were later allowed in at hourly intervals.

Officials were also inspecting the units for smoke and water damage caused by the massive fire that broke out Wednesday. Officials have said workers accidentally started the blaze, and the building's lightweight, wooden structure fueled the flames and made fighting the fire difficult.

No one was killed in the blaze, which destroyed the complex's other building.

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