PATERSON, NJ - Public safety and fire officials are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating an individual responsible for two early morning fires that took place in the early morning hours of Monday in Clifton.

According to a statement by Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, Clifton Police Chief Thomas Rinaldi, and Clifton Fire Chief Frank Prezioso, Clifton police and firefighters responded to 102 Highland Avenue to extinguish a fire in a garbage can located outside the residence at that location. 

Just over an hour later Clifton police and firefighters responded to 148 Highland Avenue for a similar incident. 

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While both fires were extinguished quickly, and no injuries were reported, damage to the first floor apartment in the second blaze displaced one family, Again the fire was quickly extinguished, and the first floor apartment suffered damage, displacing one family. No injuries were reported. 

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or, or the Clifton Police Department Detective Division at 973-470-5980.

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