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Four Alarm Blaze Destroys Ridgewood Business

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

Story No. 040620103

Ridgewood, NJ - A four-alarm fire broke out in an apartment upstairs from the Bagelicious shop at 19 North Broad Street in Ridgewood shortly after 9:00 P.M. on the evening of April 5th, and quickly spread to a building housing the Mediterraneo restaurant as well as an office building.

Just after dispatch of the alarm responding units were notified that heavy smoke was issuing from the building from the town's traffic cameras. Arriving companies were met with heavy smoke and command began to request additional units to the scene. The fire rapidly extended throughout the building, causing the second floor to collapse during the early stages of the incident. Heavy fire vented from the rear of the building and through the roof. At the height of the blaze, three tower ladders and one ladder pipe were in operation.

A female resident of an upstairs apartment was rescued and taken to The Valley Hospital with smoke inhalation. Other residents who live in apartments were able to make it out safely.

Mutual aid from Allendale, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hawthorne, Ho-Ho-Kus, Mahwah, Midland Park, Paramus and Waldwick Hackensack air unit, assisted at the scene which operated at a fourth alarm. Stand by companies from Oradell, Saddle Brook, Washington Township and Fair Lawn Rescue stood by at Ridgewood fire headquarters to provide coverage.

(Thank you to BCMA for their assistance with this article.)

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