A firefighter in Paterson suffered non-life threatening burn injuries after an early morning fire tore through a house in a section of the city Saturday.
According to a preliminary investigation from Paterson Fire officials, at approximately 2:10 a.m., firefighters responded to the 30's block of North 7th Street after receiving reports of a fire inside a home at that location.
Upon arrival, crews found intense flames engulfing much of the three and a half-story building with smoke billowing in the air.
Officials said much of the fire ripped through the house's second floor, forcing firefighters to operate in a defensive attack on the blaze.
According to officials, a second then third alarms were struck for manpower after fire began to extend to neighboring homes.
Crews stretched multiple as they began to extinguish heavy flames that continued to tear through the building through the early morning hours. As of 4:15 a.m., forces could not gain control of the fire.
The injured firefighter suffered minor burns and is expected to be ok according to officials.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by Paterson Fire Officials.
IMAGE: Brett O’ Connell