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Support the Victims of the Avalon Edgewater Fire Disaster

This petition was created to provide assistance to the victims of the Avalon Edgewater Fire Disaster in salvaging any personal property and belongings from the site of the fire which took place on January 21, 2015. The fire was started by an unlicensed Avalon maintenance worker who was using a blowtorch to repair a pipe in an apartment. After the fire started, no one from Avalon including the maintenance worker, his supervisor and the onsite management called 9-1-1 to alert the fire department of the fire. Police Chief William Skidmore of the Edgewater Police Department has stated there will be "nothing will be left to save" from the fire and in addition, though many residents have questioned Avalon representatives repeatedly about the salvaging of the items issue, we have been given little to no information other than the typical response "residents are not and never will be allowed on the site." Recently, Avalon stated a salvage company had been "selected" but refused to give the name of the salvage company, the date of the demolition, or to lay out a plan for how this salvaging would occur.

Salvageable items can clearly be seen at the site for example; a child's doll house, a baseball bat, a jewelry box on a window ledge, etc. Hundreds of people lost everything they owned (including myself) in a matter of hours, so the opportunity to even salvage one piece of personal property would mean the world to so many families. We (the tenants of the Russel building at Avalon Edgewater) propose the following:

1. A group of 3-4 tenants representative of the larger group of tenants will be onsite (on the outskirts of the site, not directly on the debris) during the demolition of the building at all times. This group will oversee the demolition and the salvaging of any items found at the site. At the end of each day, this group will also oversee the process of creating an inventory list of all items found at the site, placement of safekeeping and photographing for future return to the rightful owners.

2. Once the debris is placed into a dumpster/container for transporting offsite, the dumpster/container will first stop at a transfer station. Once the dumpster/container arrives at the transfer station, the dumpster/container will be emptied and a second group of 5-7 tenants representative of the larger group of tenants will be onsite to sift through the debris at a more detailed level to salvage any items. At the end of each day, this group will oversee the process of creating an inventory of any items found at the site, placement of safekeeping and photographing for future return to their rightful owners. Once the debris is sifted, it can be placed back into the dumpster/container and carted to the landfill for final dumping.

Once an inventory is created, the tenant group as a whole will handle the return of the items to their owners and the process by which this is completed.

Please help us to shed light on this important recovery!

This petition was delivered to:
  • State Senator
    Nicholas Sacco
  • Governor
    Chris Christie
  • Governor of New Jersey
    Chris Christie
  • Freeholder of Bergen County, NJ
    Jim Tedesco


Heather Jackson started this petition with a single signature, and won with 1,183 supporters. Start a petition to change something you care about.