- As reported by Justin Zaremba, NJ Advance Media for NJ.Com
“PASSAIC â€” Firefighters in ladder trucks were battling a mammoth, eight-alarm blaze at a multistory apartment building Wednesday night.
Passaic City spokesman Keith Furlong said two firefighters sustained minor injuries, one suffering burns to the neck and another hurt when a ceiling partly collapsed on him. Between 300 and 400 people have been displaced, he also said.
The blaze broke out shortly before 9 p.m. and quickly went to multiple alarms as firefighters scrambled to help evacuate residents. Hundreds of residents were seen outside the burning building on Gregory Avenue as firefighters from multiple communities aided at the scene.”
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“Crews were having difficulty containing the blaze. Firefighters were able to conduct a search of the first through fourth floors of the building but they were forced to retreat and attack from the fifth floor instead, Furlong said. As the fire entered its second hour around 11 p.m., at least seven ladder trucks were operating at the building.
A Red Cross spokeswoman, Erica Viviani, said late Wednesday disaster relief personnel were on scene and had set up a reception area for the displaced, with additional staff on the way. She did not immediately have any information on the number of families who will be requiring assistance.”