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Afternoon Fourth-Alarm Destroys Buildings in Paterson

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April 16, 2024 | NEW JERSEY BILL TOMPKINS, Correspondent
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

PATERSON, NJ - Two multi-family dwellings were destroyed and another was damaged on April 16th as flames spread from the original structure.

At 12:30 P.M., Battalion 2 reported a working fire at 790 E. 18th St. Heavy fire was in the rear of the three-and-a-half-story structure and was extending to the closely spaced similar structure. The initial water supply was delayed as Engine 4 pulled up to a hydrant, only to find it blocked by a locked vehicle. In a “Backdraft” moment, the vehicle's windows were broken and the supply line was stretched through, only to then find that the hydrant was dead. A secondary supply line was used until the initial supply line could be stretched to another hydrant.

A second-alarm was transmitted within minutes as flames were involving the rear of both structures and severely threatening a third. Handlines were run between buildings on all sides of the fire buildings. As conditions continued to deteriorate, members were withdrawn and Ladder 2’s bucket was put into operation. A third-alarm was sounded for additional manpower. Companies were once again able to re-enter all three homes and knock down the remaining visible fire. A fourth-alarm brought additional manpower for the extensive overhaul that was needed.

The fire was placed under control at 3:30 P.M. No serious injuries were reported, and thanks to the hard work of all the firefighters, the flames did not extend further. Mutual aid at the scene was supplied by Clifton, Haledon, and Prospect Park, while others, including units from Essex County, covered the empty firehouses.

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