A fire in a New Jersey apartment complex recently destroyed the homes of many last Tuesday. Lit candles on the third floor caused the fire when the flames caught near by combustibles and the fire spread throughout 11 different apartments throughout the building. According to a press release, the incident caused over $1 million in damages.

The first report of a fire came at 5:30 p.m. When firefighters had arrived, there was already heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of the apartment building. The entire building was evacuated safely and all residents escaped with no injuries.

Residents of the building were shocked by the amount of damage done. One claimed “When [we evacuated], I didn’t think much of it. I never expected to see smoke like that.” Another resident, speaking about the rapid growth of the fire, claimed “it went fast” after flames began to show through the building’s roof.

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Fire Safety in Your Home

Places of residence such as apartment complexes, retirement homes, and assisted living buildings require a sound fire evacuation plan. Fire evacuation maps should not only be placed in every apartment, but also in hallways and walkways. Additionally, it is important to be very careful when using open flame at your home. For example, candles and gas stoves are common causes of home fires. If you live in an apartment complex, take a minute to identify every exit in your home. Locate fire safety tools such as fire extinguishers, sprinklers, and evacuation maps as well. These simple steps often go ignored, but could make the difference when a fire emergency arises.


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