Windswept fire destroys several Paterson buildings

Crews will soon start demolishing buildings destroyed by a fast-moving fire in downtown Paterson. The fire broke out at around 5 p.m. on River Street

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.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Interview with mother of transgender girl 1 VIDEO: Interview with mother of transgender girl
The body of Trupal Patel, 29, was found 2 Discovery of body in Wall prompts murder investigation
Jersey Weekend Buzz 3 Jersey Weekend Buzz
This is a sketch of a suspect wanted 4 Police impersonator sought in New Milford
The body of Trupal Patel, 29, was found 5 Discovery of body in Wall prompts murder investigation

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Residents say a fire that burned at least Residents scramble after 2nd Paterson fire

Residents say a fire that burned at least three buildings in Paterson Wednesday was the

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE