How to help victims of the Edgewater fire

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EDGEWATER, N.J. (PIX11) -- Hundreds of families are reeling Thursday after a massive inferno ripped through a New Jersey apartment complex.

Flames broke out about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Avalon at Edgewater, a four-story apartment building in the small New Jersey town just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, and raged into the night.

Two residents and two firefighters were hurt, and homes were destroyed and now families -- many of which have children -- do not have the basic necessities.

The American Red Cross and Edgewater city agencies have opened the Edgewater Community Center, located at 1167 River Road (map), to displaced residents.

That includes about 240 families who lived in the now-charred complex, and about 168 families evacuated from a nearby complex.

Diane Concannon, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross, said most of those residents were insured and the next major project is to secure housing for those families. She said many have children that need to stay in the district for school.

Dozens of families are staying at the Comfort Inn at 725 River Road in Edgewater. To donate clothing, food or funds to their relief, call the hotel at 201-943-3131.

Displaced residents can take their pets to the American Legion, which has been turned into a temporary shelter by the Bergen County Humane Society, the Red Cross said.

Donations can be dropped off at the hotel.

Comfort Inn

725 River Road

Edgewater, NJ 07020

They're also taking donations at Sleepys:

600 Promenade

Edgewater, NJ 07020

All Pet Donations should be directed to:

Bergen County Protect & Rescue

302 2nd Street

Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

For business owners in the area who wish to get involved in the relief effort, contact:

Brigitte Neumann

President

Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce

W - 201-741-3628

E - info@goldcoastchamber.org

PO Box 215

Edgewater, NJ 07020

For ongoing Food donations at the Joint Community Center, contact:

Aimee Focaraccio

Emergency Relief Coordinator

North Bergen, NJ

1116 43rd St

North Bergen, NJ 07047

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