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Massive fire in Paterson homes leaves dozens displaced, injures firefighters

Posted at 5:13 AM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 18:09:54-04

PATERSON, N.J. — At least six firefighters were hospitalized as over 100 firefighters worked to put out a massive blaze that spread to multiple homes in New Jersey early Tuesday, fire officials tell PIX11 News.

The fire sparked around 1:30 a.m. at a building on Summer Street near Oak Street in Paterson, and eventually spread to four homes, Paterson Fire Chief Brian McDermott told PIX11's Katie Corrado on the scene Tuesday morning.

While no civilians injuries have been reported, at least six fire department members were sent to the hospital for heat exhaustion, including a battalion chief, two captains, and three firefighter, Chief McDermott said.

Officials said 48 residents have been displaced at this time, with 28 still seeking shelter.

A shelter is being set up at 111 Broadway in Paterson, fire officials said.

As of 5:25 a.m. the fire was not officially under control but was holding as a six-alarm fire, officials said.