Twenty people were left homeless when a multialarm fire damaged two apartment buildings in northern New Jersey. The blaze broke out just before 10 a.m. Saturday at a three-story building in Paterson, then later spread to a neighboring structure. Forty firefighters then battled the fire, which was brought under control in about 40 minutes.
Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Murray said the only injury was to a 7-year-old girl, who was treated at the scene for a minor cut to her hand.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Red Cross staffers were assisting the 12 adults and eight children displaced by the fire.