Massive fire rips through apartment building in West Windsor Township, New Jersey

A massive fire ripped through an apartment building in West Windsor Township, New Jersey.

The blaze broke out at the Avalon Princeton Junction Apartments in building 8 on the unit block of Taylor Court Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. The fire struck the fourth alarm an hour later.

Video from SKYFOX showed flames and heavy smoke shooting from the building. 

Officials say no residents were harmed but many of their homes and apartments are "significantly damaged."

Lt. McMahon with the West Windsor Police Department told FOX 29 he is sad for those who lost their homes, but grateful for the crews that made sure no one lost their life.

"As big of a tragedy as it is it was kept from being worse by their (the emergency crews) efforts," he said.

As the fire spread from the second floor to the attic of the entire building, residents watched in horror. Jerry Gillette was one of those residents. 

Jerry Gillette is one of those residents.

"It’s heartbreaking. It really is." Gillette recalled driving home in rush hour only to see flames coming from his complex."

"It’s scary when you’re getting home from work and you sit there and you see something like this happening in your own complex," he explained.

He was not the only resident of the complex left in shock. Christina Wilson smelled smoke and came outside to find the entire building next to her on fire.

"The flames were coming out of the right side of the building and in about 10 minutes they spread it was so fast it was so scary and I started crying," she said.

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries. Twenty four units were destroyed as a result of the blaze.


This is a developing story. Check back for updates.



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