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An Easter Second-Alarm in Paterson

By BILL TOMPKINS, Correspondent | April 12, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 041420101

Paterson, NJ - The calm of an Easter Sunday morning was shattered as Paterson Fire Alarm began receiving calls for a house fire at 379 E. 26th St., shortly before 7:00 A.M.

Heavy fire involving the rear of a large two-and-a-half story duplex was traveling up from the first floor to the attic and entering all floors. A second alarm was transmitted as multiple lines were stretched to the interior. Companies were able to knock down the flames on the first and second floor in about a half hour, but the fire took possession of the attic and broke through the roof in the rear.

Members made a push on the third floor, but conditions kept them from advancing. All firefighters were ordered back to the second floor as several two-and-a-half inch lines hit the fire from the exterior. Members resumed the attack on the attic and the smoke condition began lifting. Members were rotated out for rehab and for the newly implemented wash-down procedures by Haz-Mat.

The fire was placed “PWH” in just over one hour.

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