Passaic, NJ, Firefighters Find Two Dead after Building Fire

March 4, 2024
Firefighters found heavy fire spreading from the first to the second floor of the structure.

Jackie Roman


Two people were found dead inside a Passaic apartment building after firefighters extinguished a blaze at the residence Sunday morning, officials said.

Firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at 16-20 Spruce Street in the city at 9:17 a.m. Sunday, Chief Patrick Trentacost Sr. said. Firefighters found heavy fire throughout the first floor and extending to the second floor of the two-story apartment building, Trentacost said.

Two people were found dead after firefighters extinguished the fire, Mayor Hector C. Lora said. Officials did not publicly identify the victims.

“It’s a major loss, not only for the family, but for the whole community,” said Lora. “It’s been a difficult morning in Passaic to say the least.”

At least one firefighter was also injured and treated, Lora said.

Residents in the building’s adjacent units were able to safely evacuate, the mayor said. American Red Cross is responding to assist the city with relocating the displaced residents, Lora said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and anyone with information was asked to contact the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office’s tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or email [email protected].


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