Passaic Count officials say fierce flames engulfed two wood-frame buildings around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning on Summer Street.
Fire officials say the blaze quickly spread to two adjacent buildings and then to a fifth building.
All of the structures involved in the fire were two story residential buildings with walk up attics.
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The Paterson Police Chief tweeted out a video of the fire.
Paterson fire department and surrounding towns battle Multialarm fire on Summer Street. ￼ pic.twitter.com/OlVYItMehQ— Jerry Speziale (@JerrySpeziale) November 8, 2020
Felicia Hernandez De La Cruz, 53, who was reported missing was discovered dead in the wreckage of one of the destroyed buildings.
Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Livingston.
Chief McDermott and the men and women of PFD did an amazing job. One 53YO female missing and sadly recovered this morning. (2) PFD Firefighters removed to burn center for non life threatening injuries. God bless them and watch over. Great job by all. Amazing teamwork. Jerry https://t.co/zHLzCpDcaE— Jerry Speziale (@JerrySpeziale) November 8, 2020
The Red Cross is on the scene working to relocate 47 members of nine families.
The investigation remains active and ongoing.
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