PATERSON, NJ - 29 Paterson residents were displaced from their homes early Saturday as fire tore through a duplex located at 86-88 Redwood Avenue in Paterson. The single-family residences located at 90 and 92 Redwood Avenue also sustained water and smoke damage as a result of the fire.
On arrival at 86 Redwood Ave. shortly before 4:00 AM, heavy flames were observed at the rear of the large home from the first floor to above the roof. The fire had entered on all floors as well as attic. A garage in the rear was well on fire and flames had extended throughout the home.
Deputy Chief Calamita transmitted a second alarm on arrival and a third alarm within 10 minutes, prompting additional response. Firefighters attempted an interior attack on the original fire building, but rapidly deteriorating conditions forced them outside for an exterior attack. A fourth alarm was called for as fire spread to a home on Jasper Street in the rear.
Two tower ladders, two deck guns, several ground monitors, and multiple hand lines were put into operation. The multiple streams had the heavy fire knocked down in about a half hour, but pockets of fire remained. By about 6:30 a.m. the fire was able to be placed under control and units began to be released. No serious injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation.
The Clifton, Passaic, and Woodland Park fire departments provided mutual aid at the scene.
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