Apartment building explodes

A ruptured gas line exploded part of a New Jersey apartment complex, starting a fire and partially collapsing the structure.

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | BERGENFIELD, N.J. | December 13, 2005


A ruptured gas line exploded part of a New Jersey apartment complex, starting a fire and partially collapsing the structure.

Authorities are reporting that six people were injured. The families living in the complex safely evacuated the building, but authorities are worried that one other resident may be trapped in the rubble.

The blaze is a three-alarm fire and high winds are making the firefighting a challenge. Investigators say construction workers digging a hole near the complex hit a gas line while moving an oil tank.

Other residents of the building and nearby structures have been evacuated to a shelter at a senior citizen center.

Bergenfield Mayor Richard Bohan said 12 families were left homeless.


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