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On The Job – Paterson Fire Department

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A fast moving fire destroyed a vacant mill building in Paterson on Sunday afternoon. At about 4:00 pm Paterson Firefighters were dispatched to West Railway and Genessee Avenues for a report of a structure fire. On arrival units found a historic 4 story mill construction building fully involved with fire already through the roof. Second and third alarms were quickly transmitted as firefighters set up master streams to try to control the flames. Brands and extreme radiant heat threatened other commercial structures, a row of homes, and a farmer’s market across the railroad tracks from the fire building. Mutual aid from many fire departments were called to the scene and to cover Paterson firehouses. In less than 15 minutes, the building began to collapse in large sections and within a half hour, the 4 story mill had become a 1 story pile of burning rubbish. Five elevated master streams and numerous ground monitors and hand lines were used to contain the fire and protect all of the exposure buildings. The fire is considered very suspicious due to the volume of fire on arrival, the fact that all the utilities were turned off, and that the building was to be converted into a Muslim youth center. The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, along with investigators from the P.P.D. and P.F.D. were investigating. No injuries were reported.

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