PERTH AMBOY— The city and the Jewish Renaissance Foundation (JRF) are again partnering to collect donations of money as well as new clothing and shoes for victims of a major fire.
A five-alarm blaze at about 4 a.m. this morning left approximately 43 people homeless from a 12-unit apartment building on State Street. A total of 60 residents from the main and neighboring buildings were also evacuated for safety and those who were evacuated from the neighboring buildings will not be able to return to their homes until the main building is demolished tomorrow.
State Street will be closed between Buckingham Avenue and William Street to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
No missing people and no fatalities were reported, officials said. Seven victims are being treated for minor injuries and smoke inhalation. Ten engine and five ladder companies responded, some include: Avenel, Keasbey, Fords, Iselin, Edison, Piscataway, New Brunswick, East Brunswick, South Amboy and Sayreville.
Mayor Wilda Diaz, city officials, the American Red Cross and local organizations are currently working to aid the fire victims, as done for the Cortlandt Fire victims nearly a month ago on June 3, where nearly 50 people were displaced.
JRF will serve as a central collection point for the donation collections. Drop off any new clothing or shoe donation at 149 Kearny Avenue, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
To make a monetary/gift card donation– individuals, local businesses or corporations may visit the Jewish Renaissance Foundation website at: www.jrfnj.org or mail checks, money orders and/or gift cards to:
The Jewish Renaissance Foundation
Attn.: State Street Fire Fund
149 Kearny Avenue
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
On-line donations can be made via the Paypal link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KFJZ2J7BLWVB8
For donation information, contact JRF, Tashilee Vazquez at: 1-732-324-2114 ext. 122 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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