Asbury Park fire damages four apartments in complex, displacing residents

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ASBURY PARK — A fire at a Springwood Avenue apartment complex Wednesday morning brought more than 40 firefighters to the scene, a city official said.

Four apartments in all were damaged in the fire, reported at 10:54 a.m. Residents from three of them were displaced, said Asbury Park Fire Chief Kevin Keddy.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Keddy said it is not believed to be suspicious. The suspected origin was a cooking fire, he said.

Firefighters saw smoke and flames when they got to the scene at 1215 Springwood Ave., Keddy said. It took them about 20 minutes to knock the fire down, he said.

A fire at 1215 Springwood Ave. in Asbury Park displaced residents from three studio apartments on Dec. 29, 2021.
A fire at 1215 Springwood Ave. in Asbury Park displaced residents from three studio apartments on Dec. 29, 2021.

Two apartments on either side of the second-floor apartment where the fire started suffered minor smoke damage, he said. The unoccupied apartment directly below the source of the fire sustained water damage. All were studio apartments, Keddy said.

The fire also burned through the roof of the covered balcony that serves as a walkway in front of the apartments.

Firefighters in front of the apartment on Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park that caught fire Dec. 29, 2021.
Firefighters in front of the apartment on Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park that caught fire Dec. 29, 2021.

City social services and the Red Cross of Central New Jersey were helping the displaced people from the three second-floor apartments find housing, Keddy said.

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About 13 off-duty city firefighters were called in to help 16 others who were on duty douse the fire. They were joined by another 17 firefighters from Wanamassa, Neptune and Deal, Keddy said.

The two Deal firefightrers happened to be in Asbury Park for training.

Ken Serrano covers crime, breaking news, investigations and local issues. Reach him at kserrano@gannettnj.com.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Asbury Park NJ apartment complex fire forces out residents

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