PATERSON, NJ - Facebook came alive with photos of Paterson's Van Houten House engulfed in flames in the earliest hours of Friday.

According to one witness, Mosleh Uddin, the fire was called in at approximately 11:40 p.m. and fire crews were on the scene almost immediately.

Uddin immediately connected the tragedy to the day it occurred saying that it is "unfortunate to see this on the day of the birth of our country, this is such an important part of our US history.

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According to, a website with information and events for more than 200 historic Revolutionary War sites across New Jersey, the Van Houten House, located inside Westside Park, was orignally constructed in 1741, with the larger wing being built in 1831 following a previous fire. 

No injuries have been reported.