Family business Red and Sons destroyed by fast-moving fire in Paterson

Firefighters were called to the scene of the corner Grocery Store on Garfield Avenue just after 3 p.m. Wednesday. (7/9/14)

PATERSON - One family has lost their home and another their business after a fire at a three-story multi-use building in Paterson.

Firefighters were called to the scene of the corner Grocery Store on Garfield Avenue just after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The fire is believed to have started in the third-floor apartment, and the damage is extensive.          

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The Jackson family owns the store and says 40 years of memories were destroyed in a single afternoon. 

"He's been here forever," says Shavon Jackson. "Anyone that's been here, they know Red. They know his store."

Red and Sons was opened in 1972 and was still operated by the 83-year-old. His daughters shared their memories of the corner grocery that meant so much to their family. 

"Coming to see my dad, getting all the candy, seeing all the kids … just knowing that everyone loved my dad, it made me feel so good, you know?" says Jackson.

"My father doesn't say too much, but this has been a life's work for him," says Desiree Thurmond. "So now I've got to find something else for him to do. He's devastated."

Red Jackson has six children, including two sons.  Both of those sons battled cancer, and both of them lost their battles last month. 

Jackson's daughters say their father was insured, which means if their father has the strength to rebuild, he could.

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