A fire that started at 4:18 a.m. on Thursday displaced 38 residents of Gould Avenue, according to the Paterson Fire Department.
The 12-unit apartment building fire started from the basement and destroyed 3 apartment units. Many families are now staying with relatives, however a few have sought assistance from the American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance.
After an investigation by the department it was discovered that the apartment building faced code violations from the state’s Bureau of Housing Inspection. According to NJ Department of Community Affairs “The Bureau is responsible for ensuring that hotels and multiple-family buildings of three or more dwelling units operating within the State of New Jersey are properly maintained and do not pose a threat to the health, safety and welfare of their residents, nor the community in general.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the owner hopes to have everyone back in their homes as soon as possible.