FLEMINGTON, N.J. - One man was hurt and about 50 people are displaced after a fire at an apartment building in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
The fire broke out around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the Hunter Hills apartment complex in Flemington.
Crews struck three alarms so they could get more manpower to the scene.
Investigators believe it was started by a man who fell asleep while smoking. Officials say he was flown to the hospital and is in critical condition.
Firefighters were at the scene for several hours.
About 50 people have been displaced by a fire here at the Hunter Hills apartment complex in Flemington, @hunterdonctynj. Investigators believe it was started by a man who fell asleep while smoking. Public safety says he was flown to the hospital & is in critical condition @69News pic.twitter.com/zYXZkJKY2f— Priscilla Liguori (@PriscillaWFMZ) November 23, 2021
Public safety says the cause was ruled as accidental, so no charges are expected.
Families in the 12 impacted units are currently getting food and shelter at Saint Magdalen Roman Catholic Church.
The borough and county are offering various services to help people find somewhere safe and warm to stay as they head into the holidays.
Donations for the families are being accepted at the United Way Volunteer Center in Flemington and Harvest Family Success Center.
Two firefighters had minor injuries, as did another resident who went inside the burning building to save the man flown to the hospital.