Law enforcement in Park Ridge NJ is currently investigating a possible arson incident at a condo complex that sustained significant property damage during a fire.
The large condominium complex is located on North Maple Avenue in Park Ridge, NJ. According to local officials, the Park Ridge Police Department received an emergency 911 call a short time after 9:00 p.m. about a smoke detector that was going off in a unit on the second floor of the complex.
Park Ridge cops and firefighters rushed to the area. Upon arrival, authorities saw thick black smoke coming from the top of the complex. It took Park Ridge NJ firefighters an hour to stop the blaze and put out the fire. Other fire departments that offered assistance included departments in Emerson, Hillsdale, Montvale, Old Tappan, River Vale, Washington Township, Westwood, and Woodcliff Lake.
Fortunately, nobody was seriously hurt as a result of the Park Ridge condo fire. However, the building did sustain property damage. This included the complete collapse of the roof and smoke and water damage to a number of apartments inside the building. Officials indicated that at least 50 residents were forced to evacuate their apartments.
The Park Ridge Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Unit are working together on an investigation into the incident. If investigators ultimately conclude that someone intentionally started the fire, it’s possible that arson charges could be filed.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “50 People Homeless After Park Ridge Condo Fire, Authorities Say.”