PATERSON, NJ - Members of the Paterson Fire Department led the attack on a seven alarm blaze that damaged at least six structures Saturday night.

First dispatched to the area of 81 Beech Street just before 9:00 p.m., arriving units reported heavy fire conditions in the rear of the two-and-a-half story house and immediately called for additional support. 

As firefighters began to attack the fire, flames extended necessitating a third and fourth alarm to be sounded. Firefighters attempted an interior attack but were pushed back from heavy fire conditions and low water pressure. Two tower ladders, two deck guns and multiple hand lines were put into operation to contain the fire from spreading to additional structures. 

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In total firefighters from departments in three counties responded to the blaze that displaced over 50 residents. 

“The response once again showed the professionalism of the Paterson Fire Department,” Fire Chief Brian McDermott told TAPinto Paterson, noting that despite the intensity of the emergency no serious injuries were reported. “I also express my gratitude to all the firefighters that came from surrounding communities to offer their assistance.”

On Friday Paterson firefighters fought flames in a multi-family home at 47 Morris Street that left four adults and four children displaced. According to reports from the scene the response contained the fire to the original stucture with a nearby home suffering only exterior damage.

Both fires are under investigation. 

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