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Passaic Battles Three Alarm Fire on Palm Sunday

By DAMIEN DANIS, Senior Correspondent | April 05, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 040520102

Passaic, NJ - Flames tore through a Summer Street home in Passaic on Palm Sunday morning. At 9:22 A.M., companies were dispatched 287 Summer Street. Police units arrived quickly and reported a working fire.

Battalion Chief Colavitti arrived and reported heavy fire in a dwelling on the first and second floors and struck a second alarm. Hand lines were stretched but as conditions worsened companies were withdrawn from the fire building. With heavy fire in the original fire building, the exposures were being threatened at 285 and 289 Summer Street. Outside streams went into operation from Passaic Ladders 1 and 2. East Rutherford's tower went into operation off of Cedar Street, where heavy fire was going up the rear building.

Mutual aid from Clifton with an engine, East Rutherford with a ladder, Wallington with an engine and Paterson air cascade assisted on scene. Companies Paterson, Rutherford, Carlstadt and others covered at firehouses.

The cause of the fire wasn't immediately determined. None of the residents were injured and there were only minor injuries to firefighters, who EMS treated at the scene.

The Red Cross was helping the displaced residents, who temporarily remained at City Hall. All 17 residents, including several children and pets got out safely.

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