Korean Efforts to Help Victims of Edgewater Fire

A massive fire devastated the Avalon apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey, on Jan. 21. (Photo by Anthony Quintano, Creative Commons license)

A massive fire devastated the Avalon apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey, on Jan. 21. (Photo by Anthony Quintano, Creative Commons license)

A fire that devastated the luxury Avalon apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey, on Jan. 21 displaced around 500 residents, as well more than 500 living in the surrounding area. A hundred or so of Avalon residents are of Korean descent, reports The Korea Times in their English-language edition.

Local Korean community organizations and the Korean Consulate General are aiding in the relief effort by providing food, and assistance with immigration documents.

The Korean American Association of New Jersey called an emergency meeting Thursday.

Association President Yoo Kang-hoon, in an appeal to other Korean American organizations and businesses, said ramen and water would be provided for displaced residents.

The New York Korean Consulate General started an emergency service for affected Koreans inside Palisades Park, N.J., on Friday.

“Most of the Korean victims ran out without anything with them,” said Consul Kang Yoo-min. He said many will need new identification and immigration papers.

Other organizations like the Korean Community Center and Beautiful Foundation USA also stepped up, offering counsel and extra hands.

Go to The Korea Times to read what Korean residents said about the fire. See more photos of the Edgewater fire taken by Anthony Quintano, at Flickr.

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