VIDEO: 7-alarm fire in New Jersey destroys over a dozen homes and businesses

  • Source: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York City
  • Published: 06/03/2024 12:00 AM

A devastating seven-alarm fire in Paterson, New Jersey left families homeless and businesses destroyed Sunday morning. Residents said the fire at 195 Broadway started around midnight, but firefighters continued dousing the building with water well after the sun came up. Officials said the fire was severe and difficult to contain, and help was requested from several firefighting units across the area. "I was showering. I heard someone yelling, screaming, 'There's a fire! Call 911! We need water!'" a frightened neighbor told CBS New York. "I panicked, I let my kids know and we just ran out of there and left everything behind. We just lost everything, tried to start over, and it's like we lost everything again." The roof collapsed and tore down the second floor, leaving the building completely destroyed.


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