Firefighters in Paterson and neighboring municipalities battled a multi-alarm fire that tore through a row of homes in a section of the city Sunday night.
Paterson fire officials say at approximately 9:30 p.m., heavy fire broke out in several two-and-a-half-story wood-framed homes beginning at 18 Barnert Place.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, officials struck as many as 4-alarms for manpower after flames raced then extended to the homes forcing firefighters to conduct a surround and drown operation.
Crews were able to stretch several lines then pour massive amounts of water on the blaze in which they eventually gained control of around 11:30 p.m.
Seven families which included about a dozen residents were displaced from the fire officials said.
As of midnight, Paterson fire officials reported no severe injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.