Huge apartment fire in New Jersey; state of emergency declared

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EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) _ The Mayor of Edgewater, New Jersey, has declared a local state of emergency following a huge apartment fire that forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Firefighters battling the blaze Wednesday afternoon were hampered by winds and frigid temperatures and smoke could be seen from New York City across the Hudson River.

There’ve been no reports of injuries.

Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland says schools will be closed Thursday and access to roads is restricted until further notice.

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