Critics blame lightweight, wood-framed construction materials, but they may be jumping the gun.
New Jersey, like many states, faces high demand for rental units. To that end, codes allow construction of multi-story wood-framed structures up to 60 ft. tall. But a blaze that destroyed an apartment complex this week, which was under construction and due to open in March, has triggered criticism from academics and locals. They say residential apartments should not be built using non-steel framing.