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Passaic Multiple-Alarm House Fire Injures Several Firefighters

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PASSAIC, NJ - Four firefighters were hospitalized after battling an intense five-alarm blaze that destroyed a multi-family home amid blistering temperatures at 67 Union Ave. in Passaic on July 12th.


The fire broke out on the first floor of the two-and-a-half-story, wood-frame home and quickly spread around 3:30 P.M. One resident was home when the fire began and was able to make it out. Heavy fire was venting out of the first-floor windows of the home in the early stages of the blaze. Several firefighters were injured during the blaze. They all were brought out and taken to the hospital by ambulance following a mayday call.


Conditions deteriorated and all firefighters were evacuated from the building. Outside, master streams from Passaic Truck 1's tower and Ladder 2's ladder pipe went into operation to knock down the heavy fire that vented through the roof and the second-floor.


All of them were ordered out at one point for a quick head count before they returned to battling the flames. Mutual aid at the scene consisted of Clifton, Wallington, Paterson, Rutherford, East Rutherford and Carlstadt, as well as the Passaic County EMS Task Force and the County Wide Emergency Services Rehab Canteen. The fire was officially placed under control shortly before 6:00 P.M.

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DAMIEN DANISSenior Correspondent

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