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Paterson Firefighters Battle Three-Alarm Blaze

By CHRIS TOMPKINS, Senior Correspondent | February 27, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 030121122

Paterson, NJ - Paterson firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze early Saturday morning, February 27th, that displaced 49 residents and damaged two buildings.

Firefighters were dispatched to 30 North 7th St. for multiple callers reporting a working fire. Engine 4 arrived within minutes and advised they had a working fire on the second floor with possible exposure problems. Battalion 3 arrived shortly after and confirmed a working fire with fire showing from two windows on the second floor 'Delta' side and extending into the 'Delta' exposure. A second-alarm was then transmitted, bringing two additional engines to the scene.

Companies made an interior attack, however were quickly withdrawn from the building due to deteriorating conditions. A third-alarm was then transmitted as all companies went into a defensive attack on the original fire building and an interior attack on the exposure building. Heavy fire consumed the top floor and burned through the roof, sending embers a block away.

One ladder pipe and multiple handlines operated for over an hour to contain the fire. Command advised all companies to set up a collapse zone as several collapses occurred within the building, and an exterior roof awning collapsed. One minor injury was reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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