4 residents rescued from burning home, dozens left homeless after Passaic fire

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Monday, June 24, 2024
Firefighters rescue 4 people from fire in Passaic
Toni Yates has the details of the families displaced after a fire in Passaic.

PASSAIC, New Jersey (WABC) -- Fifty people were left homeless after a fire erupted in Passaic on Sunday night.

Firefighters rescued four residents from a burning home on High Street around 9 p.m. as heavy flames shot from the two-story building.

There was an all-out effort to make sure everyone was accounted for as neighbors knocked on doors.

One man said he was passing by and saw the smoke.

"I ran inside the building, I started banging on the doors saying 'fire, fuego,' I went all the way upstairs trying to get as many people as I possibly could, by the time I did that, then firefighters arrived," good Samaritan James Czerwinski said.

Three firefighters were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Additionally, one of the resident's dog died due to smoke inhalation.

One family has already set up a GoFundMe and said they lost everything. They are looking for help to clothe and purchase necessities for their children -- ages 2, 3 and 11.

Investigators are still looking into what sparked the fire.

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