2nd suit filed in New Jersey apartment complex fire; ban sought on permits until codes revised

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EDGEWATER, New Jersey — Two lawsuits are targeting the company that owns the New Jersey apartment complex that burned down last week, and a state lawmaker wants to suspend all construction approvals until building codes are examined.

On Thursday, a mother and daughter who lived in the Avalon at Edgewater sued AvalonBay Communities for damages. On Monday, two other former residents sued and are seeking class action status.

A spokesman for AvalonBay Communities said the company had no comment on the lawsuits.

Also on Thursday, Assemblyman Scott Rumana said he'll seek a bill that would impose a moratorium on approvals for multi-family housing developments until the state's building code is revised.

Last Wednesday's blaze was started by workers doing plumbing repairs. About 500 people's apartments were destroyed and about 500 more were displaced.

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