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Haledon Firefighters Battle Three-Alarm Restaurant Fire

By CHRIS TOMPKINS, Senior Correspondent | January 18, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 011921100

Haledon, NJ - Heavy fire consumed a one-story commercial building in Haledon on Monday night, January 18th. The fire went to three alarms and brought in mutual aid from numerous towns.

Firefighters were dispatched to 472 Haledon Ave., the Metro View Grill, for an activated fire alarm just after 11:00 P.M. Haledon PD arrived shortly after and reported smoke and visible fire showing within the establishment. Chief Bakker arrived shortly after and confirmed the working fire.

Engines 2 and 3 arrived on scene and stretched two lines to the interior. Heavy smoke and fire were located in the rear of the building as crews made an aggressive interior attack. Companies reported that they had water on the fire, but after locating heavy fire in the roof area a second-alarm was transmitted, bringing in mutual aid from Paterson, Wayne, and Prospect Park, as well as a FAST team from Wyckoff.

As crews battled the fire, an air conditioning unit on the roof began to sag and all companies were evacuated from the building as conditions began to deteriorate. Within minutes, the air conditioning unit collapsed inside and heavy fire began to vent from the roof.

Hawthorne was requested to the scene as an additional FAST team as Wyckoff was put to work. Haledon's ladder pipe was put into operation, as well as numerous exterior hand lines to extinguish the fire. It took over two hours to bring the fire under control as crews continued to check for hot spots.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and no injuries were reported.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.