PATERSON, NJ – A three alarm fire tore through an apartment building in the early hours of Saturday, leaving about 50 residents homeless.
Members of the Paterson Fire Department were dispatched to 30 N. 7th St. for multiple reports of a fire at about 2:10 AM. First arriving units from Northside Firehouse found flames coming out of several second floor windows of the two-story brick multi unit building. The flames were threatening a similar building and a second alarm was transmitted.
The fire quickly spread throughout the building and before 2:30 a.m. all firefighters were withdrawn and a third alarm was sounded. One elevated master stream from Ladder 2, and multiple hand lines were put into operation into the original fire building while firefighters also worked inside the building to halt the fire spread.
Heavy fire soon vented out the roof as the entire building became involved. A collapse zone was established as portions of the interior began to collapse and the cornice fell onto the sidewalk. The defensive operation continued for several hours as the flames slowly darkened down.
One firefighter was transported to Saint Barnabas Burn Center with non-life threatening injuries. No injuries were reported to residents.