PATERSON, NJ, MARCH 20, 2011 – Paterson Fire Department companies responding to a fire call reported a heavy black column of smoke visible as they left quarters and later arrived to find two three-story multiple dwellings fully involved. A second alarm on arrival was requested and a third alarm shortly thereafter as fire extended into a neighboring two-story dwelling. Crews attempted to advance lines into the building, but were pushed back by heavy fire. Exterior lines eventually darkened down the fire enough so crews could gain entry and knock down pockets of fire. Several firefighters were evaluated for heat-related issues. No injuries were reported.