PATERSON, New Jersey (PIX11) – The flames could be seen shooting through the roof of a home on 10th Avenue and East 23rd street in Paterson after a 4-alarm-fire tore through a residential building Monday.
Their belongings, turned to ashes, displaced residents were forced to find shelter after the blaze was finally placed under control.
“My uncle went to the hospital,” said one resident, Ira Nuttry.
It took Paterson’s and several surrounding fire companies to battle this massive fire. The winds fanned the flames, and moved embers from home to home, fire officials said.
“The wind was a major problem for us and it aided the rapid spread of the fire,” said Fire Chief Glenn Brown.
The Mayor of Paterson, Jeffery Jones, showed up on scene and was taken aback by the damage done, and the lives now turned upside down.
On Monday night, the cause of the fire was still under investigation. 75 firefighters were on scene, and other neighboring companies had to come to assist.
According to the Mayor, four firefighters were injured trying to get this blaze under control.
According to officials, two homes were impacted, 362 and 364 10th Avenue.