Neighbors of Edgewater apartment complex devastated by fire return home

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EDGEWATER, N.J. (PIX11) -- About a hundred residents of the Edgewater Avalon complex next to the one that burned to the ground Wednesday night were allowed back into their homes Saturday morning.

"We were just bracing for the worst," said Katie Yangaus who had been staying with friends the past few days.

She told PIX11 there was no smoke or water damage in her home.

"We are so grateful," said Yangaus.

As others returned home Tariq Witherspoon stopped by the Post Office next door. He won't be returning home.

"We lost everything," Witherspoon told PIX11.

He is currently staying at a local hotel.

Witherspoon told PIX11 that Avalon gave him a check for $1,000.00 dollars to get by.

He says he's not sure how long that will last.

Many residents like Witherspoon did not have insurance.   So far more than $40,000 have been raised for those who have been displaced.

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