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Claridge Still Not OK For Residents To Return


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It will be another night away from home for residents of about 165 apartments on the west side of the Claridge II condominium.

While restoration and electrical teams have been working around the clock since a fire on Monday forced an evacuation, officials say that more damaged wiring needs to be replaced to make the building safe. And once the re-wiring is complete, the building will need an inspection.

Verona officials have yet to make an official determination of the cause of the fire, which sent one person to the hospital and saw 39 first responders evaluated at the scene for health issues.

Verona first responders were called to the 12-story Claridge tower just before noon on Monday and they were eventually joined by fire, EMS, police and emergency management teams from across Essex County. The Verona teams remained at the building until 11:30 p.m. Monday night.

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