Via the New York Post:
A massive fire tore through a New Jersey apartment complex Wednesday night, leaving hundreds homeless — including Yankees radio broadcaster John Sterling.
“I think my apartment is gone,” Sterling told The Post. “I won’t have anything left . . . I’ll have to start over, as they say.”
Sterling had been out Wednesday afternoon and, when he returned, smelled smoke at the 408-unit Avalon complex in Edgewater, along the Hudson River.
“I was walking down one of the long hallways and I opened a door,” he said. “The smoke was so bad, I couldn’t even see. So I said, ‘I’ve got to get out of here.’ I’m just glad I’m safe and everyone else is safe.” …
Sterling said he spent Wednesday night at a hotel, where he watched his home burn on the television news while talking to The Post.
“Oh, my God,” he said over and over. “Oh, my God.”
Sterling, the radio voice of the Yankees for the past 25 years, then grew silent, before saying, “I’m watching . . . I haven’t seen this before. I haven’t seen this . . . Oh, my God. What a fire. Look at that fire. Holy mackerel.”
Although hundreds were left homeless as a result of the blaze, no injuries were reported.