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Fire Rips Through House In Crowded Paterson, N.J. Neighborhood

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PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Flames ripped violently through the roof of a house in Paterson, N.J. Monday evening, as an extra-alarm fire raged.

As Joe Biermann reported from Chopper 2, the fire broke out late in the afternoon in a three-story frame house at East 23rd Street and 10th Avenue in Paterson. The fire was raised to a third and then a fourth alarm, and the roof collapsed in the back portion of the home.

The fire spread to a neighboring building on 10th Avenue, NJ.com reported.

Firefighters struggled in fighting the blaze as the winds gusted to 25 to 30 mph in the area.

Four firefighters were injured in battling the blaze, officials told 1010 WINS.

There was no word Monday afternoon if there had been anyone inside, or of any rescues. But the fire department had not set up any ladders against the building; tower ladders were on the scene, and firefighters were getting water onto the fire through side windows.

The crowded neighborhood is filled with old frame homes, making for a major concern with such intense flames, Biermann reported.

The fire was under control by 10:10 p.m.

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