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On The Job – Paterson Fire Department

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A two-alarm fire involving a 2 1/2-story wood-frame dwelling on Madison Avenue in Paterson, New Jersey, displaced seven people. A man unknown in the neighborhood helped route a family that was home at the time and unaware that their home was in flames. “Somebody was banging on my window,” said first-floor resident Torry Pearso, 24, who grabbed his mother and left the building. Smoke had not yet drifted downstairs from the second-floor, where fire officials said flames likely began. When firefighters arrived at 563 Madison Avenue around 11:25 am, flames were shooting from the rear second-floor windows and extending to the attic. Siding melted off of dwellings on either side of the fire building that were separated by a three-foot alleyway. The hot and humid weather conditions caused firefighters to work in shifts fighting the fire and cooling off with the assistance of city EMT’s. “The heat really took its toll on the men,” said Battalion Chief Earl Plavier.

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