Perth Amboy to demolish burned apartments

PERTH AMBOY - Officials in Perth Amboy say the city has issued an order to completely demolish an apartment building in the Harbortown housing complex while relief efforts continue for the 100 tenants who lost their homes in a four-alarm fire there on Sunday.

Public safety officials will escort the victims of nine units that are safe to enter to retrieve their belongings before demolition begins, said Mayor Wilda Diaz in a news release yesterday. Other residents in search of valuables and medicine in the other units may submit a request to the city. Public Safety officials will attempt to retrieve those items if the structure is safe enough to enter.

Diaz said the American Red Cross has supplied the families with vouchers and other essentials since Sunday.

"Perth Amboy's community is really coming together to provide for our families. We have an overwhelming response from local organizations and surrounding communities in demonstrating the Spirit of Giving," said Mayor Wilda Diaz in yesterday's release.

Harbortown has offered housing to all displaced tenants and has relocated 21 of the 31 displaced families into vacant apartments within the complex, the mayor said.

Anyone interested in making a donation may contact the city's Office of Housing and Social Services at (732)-826-1690. The City of Perth Amboy will be closed on Dec.24 and will reopen on Dec. 27.

Perth Amboy apartment building to be demolished after blaze Fire rips through Perth Amboy apartment complex

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