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Early-Morning Fire on Friday Displaces 13 in Paterson

The Alternative Press Staff

Monday, November 18, 2013 • 3:23pm

PATERSON, NJ - An early-morning fire on Friday in a mixed-use structure in the city is under investigation.

According to Tour Commander Chief Bruce Van Der Voort, the two-alarm blaze at 71 North Main St. began shortly after 2 a.m. Friday and took just less than an hour-and-a-half for Paterson firefighters to bring under control.

The three-story structure suffered heavy smoke damage to the first two floors, including second-floor apartment units that are uninhabitable now. According to officals, 13 residents were displaced and have relocated with local family or friends.

There were no injuries. In addition to the cause of the fire remaining under investigation, the Board of Health also has been notified because of the presence of a restaurant on the lower floor at the address.

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