NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Firefighters in New Jersey said the flames that roared through a huge building in Edgewater could have been stopped easily, with better building codes.
As CBS2’s Steve Langford reported, a “tsunami of fire” and a “virtual lumber yard up in flames” were some of the descriptions by fire professionals of the massive blaze in Edgewater that left 500 people homeless in January.
‘We were promised these changes seven months ago. We are now looking to see the politicians in the state deliver on these promises,” Peter Hodge, President, Bergen County Fire Chief’s Association said.
Fire officials from across New Jersey on Sunday, were outside of the remains of the Avalon at Edgewater complex. They demanded an end to what they call toothpick towers made of lightweight wood.