Several people were displaced after a four-alarm fire tore through two apartment buildings in Paterson (NJ), reports WABC New York.
No one was injured, but it certainly was a close call for some firefighters.
The flames made quick work of the two multi-family buildings, destroying the homes of a dozen people as passersby watched in horror.
The flames broke out around 5:30 p.m. in the house on 23rd Street at 10th Avenue, and there was no stopping the fire as it spread to a neighboring building.
“Minutes, within minutes, we could have possibly lost a firefighter or lost a crew,” Paterson Fire Director Glenn Brown said.
One firefighter fell and crashed through first floor into the burning basement.
“And those firefighters had to stop their fire suppression and quickly go into rescue mode to pull out their comrade who was in the basement,” Brown said.
They all made it out alive, and the building was deemed too dangerous even for them. Firefighters spent the rest of the time mounting an external attack.
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