2 adults, 2 children injured in Paterson house fire; 2 dogs killed

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Firefighters battle New Jersey house fire to rescue family overcome by smoke
Four people, including a child and an infant, were pulled from a two-alarm fire that tore through a home in Paterson. Anthony Johnson has the story.

PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- Four people, including a child and baby, were pulled from a two-alarm fire that tore through a home in Paterson.

The residents were trapped on the third floor of the home on Madison Avenue when firefighters arrived just before 5:45 a.m. Wednesday. They had tried to jump but were overcome by smoke.

The two adults, an 8-year-old child, and an infant were taken to St. Joseph's University Medical Center, all unconscious and in critical condition. The infant is in the pediatric intensive care unit. The 8-year-old was transferred to St. Barnabus Hospital.

"I'm hoping they are OK. I don't know right now," said Deputy Chief William Bucher, Paterson Fire Department.

One firefighter sustained a slight burn to the side of his cheek.

Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh said the injuries are, "A serious situation. I'm asking that people pray for these four victims because I can't underscore how serious this situation is, without delving too deeply into details."

Two dogs did not survive the fire.

Thirteen people were left homeless by the blaze in the two-family home. Residents on the first floor say they escaped with just minutes to spare and are feeling lucky they got out in time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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