A second two alarm fire in as many days struck the City of Paterson on December 22nd, leaving more homeless before Christmas. The fire, which started about 1:00 AM, was in a large 2 story frame dwelling at 83 Carroll St. First due fire units pulled up to heavy smoke pushing from the second floor and attic area with a report of people trapped. As searches were made and lines stretched, heavy fire vented out the rear second floor and extended up. A second alarm was transmitted, and as flames took hold of the attic, all members were withdrawn and operations went defensive. One ladder pipe, one deck gun, and several outside lines were placed in service as the fire slowly worked it’s way forward, burning off the roof as it went. Eventually most of the roof was consumed, and the intensity of the fire subsided. Companies re-entered the building to hit hot spots and overhaul.
The fire was able to be placed under control in about two hours. No serious injuries were reported, and the cause is under investigation.
Written and photos by Bill Tompkins
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