Firefighters Respond to Massive Passaic (NJ) Fire

Firefighters use aerial devices to pour water on an 8-alarm apartment fire in Passaic, New Jersey.


Numerous people were displaced by a fire that went to eight alarms at an apartment building in Passaic, New Jersey.

Fire photographer Peter Danzo wrote that, just after 20:30 hours on October 21, the Passaic (NJ) Fire Department received calls for an apartment fire at 280 Gregory Ave, a very large five-story class 3 multiple dwelling. Upon arrival of the first arriving company a second alarm was requested due to heavy fire on the top floor and already through the roof. The truck companies vented and performed numerous evacuations and rescues of occupants; the building is reported to have more than 80 apartments and was home to about 400 people.

Engine companies established water supply and stretched handlines into the building to attack the fire. With several lines in operation, the fire continued to spread, and command requested an urgent third alarm. With companies making no headway, sounded the evacuation order. The fire went to eight alarms, bringing more 26 fire companies from at least 12 towns to the scene. Even with the use of eight elevated streams, multiple large diameter outside handlines, and deck guns operating, the fire eventually spread through out the cockloft and top floor and jumped the throat into the other wing of the building. two firefighters were injured with one transported to the burn unit with nonlife-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. The fire was placed under control at around 02:30 and the building deemed uninhabitable. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  

According to, an eight-alarm fire Wednesday night displaced between 300 and 400 people, city spokesman Keith Furlong said. The fire occurred just before 9 p.m.

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Two firefighters were injured and taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson in unknown conditions, according to CBS News.

Videos below by Jeff Stang, William Rashak, and Mark Rosetti.

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