Fourth Alarm Strikes Three Paterson Buildings

Fourth Alarm Strikes Three Paterson Buildings
By Bill Tompkins

A vacant home at 518 Summer Street was heavily involved in the rear as Paterson firefighters arrived at approximately 9:00 PM on February 7th. The flames were spreading to the occupied homes on both sides and with how closely packed the homes in the area are, additional alarms were quickly transmitted.

Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack on all three buildings, containing the flames to primarily the attic areas of each and keeping the fire from spreading further. The fire took over three hours to control as many hot spots lingered. All Paterson fire units operated as well as several mutual aid companies.

The cause is under investigation by the Paterson Fire Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. Sixteen residents were reported to have been displaced, but none were injured. One firefighter was transported to Saint Joseph’s Medical Center with unknown injuries.