PATERSON, NJ- An investigation by both the Paterson Fire Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office  is underway into a pre-dawn fire that damaged two buildings on 12th Avenue early Friday.

After receiving several calls reporting the fire, members of the Paterson Fire Department were dispatched to 37 12th Avenue at approximately 5:30 a.m. With heavy flames visible firefighters immediately worked to enter the two and a half story building only to withdraw soon after gaining access to fight the flames from the exterior.

While the fire was quickly extinguished on the first and second floors, flames continued in the attic which responders on the scene reported had been “compartmentalized” in a manner commonly found in illegal occupancy circumstances.

No serious injuries were reported during the incident.