Officials say arson not to blame for fire at Berkley Square Apartments in Suffern

Fire officials have labeled a blaze that left nearly 30 people homeless in Suffern Tuesday as "not suspicious." Contractors are assessing the damage and trying

The accidental blaze left nearly 30 people homeless.

The accidental blaze left nearly 30 people homeless.

SUFFERN - Fire officials have labeled a blaze that left nearly 30 people homeless in Suffern Tuesday as "not suspicious."

Contractors are assessing the damage and trying to put back the pieces today at the Berkley Square Apartments on Stewart Circle. A fire in the basement of the building drove 16 families out into the night as firefighters battled to bring it under control.

Heavy smoke filled the entire building, but the fire itself was contained to the basement. Officials say too much damage occurred in the apartments for anyone to be let back in.

The county building inspector says he will determine at what point people will be allowed to return to their homes.

Most of the displaced residents have found refuge with family and friends. The Red Cross was on hand for anyone else that needed help.

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