YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Five firefighters sustained injuries not considered serious while battling a four-alarm Paterson blaze that spread to three buildings early this evening, an emergency services dispatcher told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
The fire in the three-story houses, one at the corner of 10th Avenue and East 23rd Street, brought mutual aid from several area towns, including Elmwood Park, Fair Lawn, Garfield, Hackensack., Paramus, Rochelle Park and Saddle Brook in Bergen County.
Also responding were companies from Hawthorne, North Haledon, Totowa and Little Falls.
One of the firefighters fell through the first floor to the basement of the corner house, where the fire apparently began in an attic. Three firefighters and a battalion chief were injured rescuing him, authorities later said.
A dozen or so people were displaced and will be relocated by the Red Cross, Mayor Jeffery Jones said tonight.
The corner building and one next door were destroyed. Firefighters worked to minimize damage to a third building next to the second one.
This is the second major fire in Paterson in less than a week. Winds, although not as strong as last week, pushed the flames across the buildings, firefighters said.
A Hawthorne rescue truck on the way to the fire apparently was involved in a crash on Wagaraw Road, authorities added.
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