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Four-alarm Paterson fire displaces 29 people from Barnert Place homes

A four-alarm fire damaged four buildings on Barnert Place, displacing 29 people on Sunday night.

Fire started at 16 Barnert Place and extended to 14, 18, and 12, said deputy fire chief Frank Calamita.

Firefighters saw heavy flames at the rear of the buildings. Fire came in at about 9:39 p.m., he said.

The deputy chief said 14 and 16 sustained heavy fire damage. 18 and 12 sustained minor fire damage.

No injuries were reported, said Calamita.

“When we got there, we thought we were going to lose four or five houses,” said Calamita. But an aggressive fast response prevented further spread of the flames. He said fire companies from Passaic City and Clifton responded to the blaze.

Fire was under control at about 1:30 a.m., said the deputy chief. Displaced residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross. He said cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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