Several families left homeless after apartments destroyed in Irvington blaze

Several families are forced to find new homes after their apartments were destroyed Thursday in an Irvington blaze.

Fire officials are now investigating the fire at the four-apartment house on Columbia Avenue. The tenant in one of the first floor apartments says an explosion in the basement woke her up. The residents of an upstairs apartment were able to get their five children out safely after hearing the alarm.

The fire chief says it is not uncommon in the cold weather for heat-related emergencies occur. The Red Cross is assisting the families left homeless. The house is expected to be demolished.

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