Elderly couple dead after fire rips through North Plainfield apartment complex

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, N.J — Two people have died after fire ripped through the top floor of a North Plainfield apartment complex Sunday.

Fire broke out at the Regency Village on Route 22 about 11 a.m. Flames and smoke can be seen billowing out of the two-story building's roof.

North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti says an elderly man and women who lived in the same unit perished in the blaze.

The roof has collapsed and the fire appeared to be extinguished by 1 p.m.

One resident was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Several buildings were evacuated as dozens of firefighters battled the blaze.

The Red Cross is assisting 14 people in eight families displaced by the fire.

The Somerset County prosecutor's office is investigating the cause of the fire.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.