PATERSON, NJ - Investigators are still looking into the cause of fire that claimed the life of a 30-year-old Paterson man Saturday.

In a statement, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, Paterson Fire Chief Brian McDermott, and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora confirmed that the fire at 187 North 1st was reported at approximately 1:42 p.m. Numerous people had to be evacuated from the two-family residence and nine residents were transported to Saint Joseph’s University Hospital for various injuries.

One resident, Andres Valdez, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. 

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Two firefighters sustained minor injuries. 

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact them on their tips  line at 1-877-370-PCPO or or to contact the Paterson Police Department at (973) 321-1111. Months