PASSAIC, New Jersey (WABC) — A fourth alarm fire that burned down a building in Passaic left more than 65 residents temporarily homeless.
The fire started inside the building on Hamilton Avenue just before 2 a.m. Friday.
The fire spread through the three-story structure, forcing the evacuation of more than 65 residents to Passaic City Hall.
Firefighters were able to contain the flames in the building alone as they battled lingering flames in the morning.
No injuries were reported. But the building was structurally compromised.
“This fire appears to have started at the lower levels and as you can see reached the upper level,” Passaic Mayor Hector Lora said. “The building is completely compromised, so there will be no access for families,”
The fire is in front of School No. 6. The school will be open on Friday, but students will have to enter as the street is closed for firefighting activities.
“The whole area is blocked off,” Lora said. “We will do everything to ensure that the children go to school. The children who are affected by the fire are more of a challenge. They don’t have their uniforms, they don’t have their book bags.”
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