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Devastating Edgewater apartment complex fire accidentally started by plumbers: officials

Posted: 5:42 PM, Jan 22, 2015
Updated: 2015-01-23 05:53:31-05

EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Workers doing construction in a northern New Jersey apartment building accidentally caused a fire that has displaced more than 1,000 people.

Edgewater fire officials said at a news conference Thursday that the fire started Wednesday when workers were doing plumbing repairs in a wall.

They said the cause was "totally accidental."

The fire raged through the night Wednesday at The Avalon at Edgewater, overlooking the Hudson River. The fire was under control but still smoldering Thursday.

Four people suffered minor injuries, and no fatalities were reported.