Photo and incident report by Peter Danzo
At just after 23:00 on June 24, 2016, Paterson Fire Alarm transmitted the box for a possible fire in the area of E. 26th St & 14th Ave. While en route, companies reported smoke in the area.
On arrival of Battalion 2, he reported a large, vacant, three-story frame dwelling with heavy fire blowing out the second floor windows. Companies attempted an interior attack as the exposures were evacuated, but command quickly pulled all firefighters out of the building and requested a second alarm as heavy fire was extending into the attic.
With numerous handlines and one ladder pipe in operation, Deputy 3 established a collapse zone due to the heavy fire and the condition of the building. This command proved to be correct–approximately 40 minutes into the fire, the entire front section of the building at the third floor level collapsed into the street, but no members were injured. The main body of fire was knocked down in just over an hour and the fire was placed under control at 01:35.
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