Dozens of residents left homeless after blaze rips through three Paterson homes

Dozens of residents are homeless after a fire ripped through three Paterson homes Tuesday.

Investigators say the blaze started in a house on East 18th Street and quickly spread to the two houses on either side. Officials say the home where the fire started was vacant. However, neighbors say homeless people used the house for shelter.

No one was injured in the blaze. But approximately 40 people do not have a home to return to. The fire is still under investigation. Fire officials are urging people to be cautious when heating their homes during the winter season.

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