The Passaic Fire Department was dispatched to High Street for a house fire. A second alarm was struck on arrival as companies arrived to a large three-story structure with fire on all sides of divisions 1 and 2. A 2-1/2 inch line was stretched to knock down heavy fire on the exterior, as crews attempted to make an interior push. Fire quickly spread to Division 3 and heavy smoke pushed from all sides of the home. The heavy fire conditions severed the electric service, which was actively arcing on the Charlie side. Crews were evacuated from the structure as heavy fire began to break through multiple spots of the roof. Multiple handlines and three ladder pipes were set up for the defensive operation and the fire was knocked down nearly three hours after arrival. Companies from Clifton, Wallington, East Rutherford and Paterson operated on the scene along with all Passaic companies.
– Fire News photo by Mark Rosetti