Eleven Passaic firefighters were injured fighting a house fire on Passaic Street on what was the hottest day of the summer. Companies were dispatched to the scene. They arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from the basement and first floor of the 2-1/2 story frame. A second alarm was requested, followed by third, fourth and eventually a fifth alarm as the fire spread throughout the home, extended into the Bravo exposure — a similar 2-1/2 story frame — and threatened additional homes on the block. One handicapped woman was rescued from the second floor uninjured, and the injuries to the firefighters ranged from mostly heat exhaustion to slips and falls, none life threatening. The fire took several hours to be placed under control and was believed to be electrical in nature.
– Fire News photo by Peter Danzo