By: Richard L. Smith
On Monday morning, the American Red Cross provided temporary shelter for over a dozen residents affected by a raging multi-alarm building fire in Hackensack.
Firefighters were dispatched to 64 Prospect Avenue after learning of a fire inside a multi-family five-story building at approximately 12:40 a.m.
Crews from several fire companies in Bergen County arrived and found heavy fire coming from the second-floor stairwell.
Officials on the scene struck a second and then a third alarm for manpower after flames extended to the third floor.
Firefighters rescued several residents from inside the building before finding the seat of the blaze, where they began to extinguish the fire.
The fire was placed under control around 1:10 a.m., with the cause under investigation.