Fire damages 2 Passaic homes; dozens evacuated

A total of 50 people needed to evacuate from the scene. There were no injuries. (3/17/14)

PASSAIC - Fifty people are without a home Monday morning after a fire in Passaic.

Officials say the blaze started at 11:25 p.m. Saturday at 218 Columbia Ave. and spread to a neighboring home. Two cars between the homes were also burned during the incident.

A total of 50 people needed to evacuate from the scene. There were no injuries.

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Tenants were able to return to the scene Sunday to see what they could salvage. They are staying in a nearby hotel thanks to help from the Red Cross.

Fire officials have not yet determined a cause.

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