PATERSON - A three-alarm fire in Paterson this morning has left 26 people homeless. Authorities say the fire, which broke out at 6:30 a.m., destroyed four buildings on North Main Street and was under control about four hours after it began. Firefighters from several departments were called in to help extinguish it.

The 26 affected residents are being temporarily sheltered at the police station and the Red Cross is on the scene.

Fire officials say one firefighter was treated for a minor eye injury.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire, but they have not ruled out arson as a possibility.