Apartment fire displaces nearly 170 people in Passaic, 5 people injured
An early morning apartment fire today in Passaic displaced nearly 170 people and left five people injured.
The fire started just before 1:30 a.m. at a five-story building on 99 Gregory Ave.
Passaic Mayor Hector Lora says that the four-alarm fire began in one of the apartments on the first floor and quickly spread throughout the rest of the building.
Two firefighters were taken to the emergency room with minor injuries and are listed in stable condition. An elderly woman and two children were also treated, but Mayor Lora says they are expected to be OK.
Residents were allowed into the building Thursday afternoon to retrieve some of their items but they are not allowed to stay.
The American Red Cross met with and provided emergency assistance to 24 families, totaling more than 100 people. Those families will be staying with friends and relatives. Fifteen families of more than 60 people are expected to stay in a shelter provided by the agency.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but investigators say it does not seem to be suspicious.