Four-alarm Paterson (NJ) Fire Destroys Church

Video by Skyler Fire.

A four-alarm fire ravaged a Baptist church Wednesday night in Paterson, New Jersey.

The Record reported ( that the fire started while a group of parishioners were involved in a prayer meeting, officials said. All parishioners got out safely, but one firefighter was injured in the fire, which reportedly displaced eight adults and two children.

The fire started at 8:10 p.m. and within seconds of firefighters arriving, the roof collapsed. Approximately 80 firefighters responded to the scene.

Heavy smoke forced the fire department to move its command center about one block away a little more than an hour after the fire began, and the report indicated that several firefighters could be scene gasping for air.

Some neighboring buildings were damaged by the fire, but firefighters preventing the flames from extending to exposures.

Firefighters from North Haledon, Saddle Brook, and Little Falls responded to the fire.

The church was razed this morning, according to the report, because of the collapse potential.

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