At Least 100 Homeless After Raging Perth Amboy Fire

PERTH AMBOY (CBS 2) — A raging fire destroyed home after home in Perth Amboy Sunday night, leaving at least 100 people with nowhere to go just days before Christmas.

Pomales, a single mother of five, watched in horror as her apartment building in Harbortown Terrace burned, buckled and crumbled.

“Within seconds, it was all on fire,” resident Marianela Pomales said.

Witnesses said the gigantic flames that roared across at least two apartment complexes seemed to start with a car fire in one of the attached garages.

Pomales, unsure where she and her kids will stay, said Christmas is ruined.

“Kids, presents, gifts, everything under my tree – every thing was gone,” she said. “My furniture, clothes, everything.”

“The flames were so high that I ran to our unit, grabbed my wife and our dogs,” resident Roger Williams said. “We have to leave now, because I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

“We’re all attached to one another, so you could turn around and everything is gone,” Danielle Berlingieri said.

At least 14 families were being helped by the Red Cross Sunday night, a number that is expected to grow.

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  • Lourdes

    Both Shull School(Hall Avenue) & Final Touch Salon (179 Fayette Street) are both accepting donations for the fire victims from Harbour Town.

  • Connie

    What an unfortunate incident, especially during the holiday season. Is there anyway to donate or help out the families involved?

    • B

      I live in Carteret. We would like to get a clothing donation drive togeather at the schools. Does anyone know were we can send them too??? Can we donate gifts for the children?

      • sandra

        main office of harbortown i know people were staying there

  • qatari

    Very Very sorry for the people………How can we help? any ideas?

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