PATERSON, NJ - Paterson firefighters had to contend with the bitter cold as they fought two separate fires on Wednesday.
Shortly before dawn, fire units responded to 418 Rosa Parks Blvd. and found a vacant home with heavy fire coming out of the second floor, extending to the attic. A second alarm was transmitted to bring additional manpower to the scene. Responding firefighters worked on the fire in difficult conditions for over an hour before bringing the flames under control.
The efforts paid off as no other structures were damaged. Initial reports of individuals trapped inside proved to be untrue.
Another alarm was raised at approximately 7:20 a.m. as several calls to 911 reported a blaze at 29 McBride Avenue. Ext. With firefighters still at the scene of the first blaze, mutual aid was called for with firefighters from Little Falls, Woodland Park and Clifton responding.
Due to the flames and condition of the long vacant building, that once served as mill and has been scene to previous fires, responders remained outside the structure. Several falls on the icy surfaces occurred, but no serious injuries were reported.
Both fires are initially being considered suspicious as investigators try to determine the cause of each.