Massive Fire Burning Through New Jersey Drug Rehabilitation Facility

Andrew Tetreault

Heavy black smoke can be seen for miles while 5 alarm fire burns through Paterson Halfway House on Straight St. Saturday

Paterson Fire Department along with multiple neighboring agencies, are battling a massive 5-alarm fire in a New Jersey drug rehabilitation facility. The fire broke out on Saturday, August 24, 2019, in the late morning hours. The massive commercial building is located at 410 Straight Street. Black plumes of smoke could be seen as far away as New York City.

According to Paterson Mayor André Sayegh, the building houses the Catholic Church's Straight & Narrow program, which provides services to men and women battling addiction. All of the building's occupants have been safely evacuated and no injuries have been reported at this time, according to officials.

Massive flames consumed the building as firefighters stretched multiple hoses down Straight Street and were dousing the building with thousands of gallons of water from fire department tower ladders. Fire Departments from Little Falls, Hackensack, and Fair Lawn New Jersey communities are assisting in this massive fire operation which is being called an "all day" fire suppression operation.

Sources say the "all day" fire suppression operation is due to the heavy fire load and propane tanks inside the building which have the potential of exploding.


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