Windswept fire destroys several Paterson buildings

Crews must demolish the fire-damaged buildings so that

Crews must demolish the fire-damaged buildings so that firefighters can gain access to deep pockets of fire trapped below collapsed roofs and doors.

PATERSON - Crews will soon start demolishing buildings destroyed by a fast-moving fire in downtown Paterson.

The fire broke out at around 5 p.m. Wednesday on River Street and quickly engulfed a building with a restaurant on the first floor.
However, wind gusts of up to 40 mph spread embers, which ignited at least four nearby buildings.

Two firefighters were hurt when they slipped on ice. 

Nearly three dozen people were displaced as a result of the fire.

The Red Cross says 28 people were relocated to a hotel on Wednesday night. Six more were relocated Thursday.

There's no word what caused the initial blaze.

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