Firefighters put out two Easter fires in Paterson | Paterson Times

Firefighters put out two Easter fires in Paterson


Firefighters extinguished blazes at two homes on Paxton Street and East 19th Street on Sunday, according to deputy fire chief Michael Fleming.

A two-alarm blaze that ravaged 356 Paxton Street left 10 people homeless. Fire at the two-story home came in at 3:15 p.m. and was put out at 4:40 p.m., said the deputy chief.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No one was injured in the blaze. Residents displaced are being helped by the American Red Cross.

Firefighters responded to a second fire on Easter at East 19th Street. A small fire broke out at 938 East 19th Street at about 10:50 p.m. Firefighters quickly put out the blaze that was contained to a single room in the two-story house.

No one was displaced and no injuries were reported from the second fire.

Since Thursday, firefighters battled eight fires in the city. The biggest blaze was on Rose Street which completely destroyed three homes and damaged others requiring immediate emergency demolition. In all, 55 people have been displaced as a result of the fires.

There does not appear to be a common strand among the fires. “There’s no rhyme or reason when we get fires. Sometimes we just get them in spurts,” said Fleming.

The cause of both fires are under investigation, said the deputy chief.

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