Fire Crews Battle Gas-Fed Passaic (NJ) Fire

Photos and story by Peter Danzo

At just after 13:00 hours on Sunday February 22, 2015, firefighters from the Passaic (NJ) Fire Department responded to 303 Oak St for a reported fire.


On arrival, companies found heavy smoke showing due to a working fire in the basement. As engine companies stretched lines into the basement, Ladder 2 located and removed two occupants, who were transported to the hospital. With a heavy fire condition in the basement, additional hand lines were advanced to the upper floors as companies opened up and checked for extension.

With little headway being made in the basement and with companies reporting that the first floor appeared to be compromised, command ordered all companies to evacuate and an exterior attack was commenced.

The local utility was requested with a rush due to the fire on the first floor being gas-fed. With all visible fire knocked down and the utilities secured, companies re-entered the building for extensive overhaul and final extinguishment.

One firefighter was transported to the hospital with a minor leg injury and the fire was under control at just around 14:30. Mutual aid from Paterson, Clifton, Wallington, Carlstadt, and East Rutherford assisted at the scene while additional mutual aid covered the empty city firehouses.



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