NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ, July 26, 2015 – The American Red Cross shelter opened for families displaced by Wednesday’s industrial fire in North Brunswick closed at 4 p.m. today as residents were allowed to return to their homes.

 Working in partnership with the Township of North Brunswick, the North Brunswick Office of Emergency Management, the North Brunswick Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Middlesex County Animal Response Team (CART), the shelter was opened Wednesday at the Linwood Middle School, located at 25 Linwood Place in North Brunswick.

 More than 100 residents checked into the shelter to have a safe and comfortable place to receive updates on the fire as well as meals provided by the North Brunswick School District. Fourteen residents stayed overnight in the shelter.

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