Official: Tenant hospitalized, 40 people displaced by Newark apartment building fire

Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé says a female tenant was transported to University Hospital for evaluation of possible smoke inhalation.

Lanette Espy and Tony Caputo

Apr 29, 2024, 9:25 AM

Updated 21 days ago

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One tenant was hospitalized and 40 people have been displaced as the result of a two-alarm apartment fire that erupted early Monday morning in Newark, according to Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé.
Residents and Airbnb guests at the five-story building at 502 Market St. were seen evacuating the building with their belongings.
Fragé says 19 families, including 37 adults and three children, were relocated. He says one female tenant was transported to University Hospital for evaluation of possible smoke inhalation. No other injuries have been reported.
Officials say firefighters responded to a call of fire at the building at 12:04 a.m. and it was under control at 1:10 a.m.
Many residents say they were alerted to the blaze by the alarm going off while others said they heard screaming. Several people told News 12 New Jersey’s Tony Caputo that some of their belongings were destroyed due to water damage. One resident even said the ceiling in her apartment collapsed.
“The people screamed fire, fire, fire, and I opened the door because the alarm was ringing," said Bruna Assais.
Some of the displaced residents have been taken to a temporary location in Newark set up by the city and Red Cross.
The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by the Newark Department of Public Safety’s Arson Unit.


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