PATERSON, NJ
A fire in a 3 story brick with a commercial occupancy on the first floor did extensive damage to a rear storage area and back porch. Heavy black smoke was visible with arriving companies at 29 Park Avenue. Engine 1,6,7, and 8 Ladders 1 and 3 Battalion 1 and Deputy 1 responded on the 1st Alarm. Ladder Companies had to cut front store grates to gain access to the building. A second alarm was sounded immediately as fire started blowing out the rear of the number 1 floor. A old wood porch totally ignited and extended into the upper floors. The second alarm companies were Eng. 4 and 5. The Combustibles Division is investigating the blaze.

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[This message has been edited by Paterson FireOfficers (edited July 27, 2000).]