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Massive fire rips through NJ River Street building

Posted at 5:33 AM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 05:34:09-04

PATERSON, New Jersey— An early Monday morning blaze erupted at a mixed-residential building in Paterson and gutted homes and businesses.

Paterson firefighters responded to 257 River St.around 12:50 a.m., and arrived to find flames billowing from the second story of the building, Paterson fire officials said.

After battling the blaze for more than 3 hours, firefighters set up a collapse zone.

The fire reached 3-alarms, causing a portion of the 3-story building to collapse.

The building houses about seven businesses and several residential units.

There were three occupied residential units at the time of the fire, and two of the units were evacuated, said the fire chief in a press briefing.

One of the apartments was in a very dangerous condition because it was packed with furniture, making it difficult for fire crews to enter, Paterson fire chief said.

All firefighters were able to retreat the building before the partial collapse, officials said.

As of yet, there are no reported civilian injuries.