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Fire Rips Through New Jersey Strip Mall, Destroys 6 Businesses

July 17, 2018 - 7:16 am

PASSAIC, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Six businesses were destroyed in a fire late Monday in New Jersey.

Officials said the fire broke out at a restaurant at a Passaic strip mall at around 10:30 p.m. on Lexington Avenue, between Monroe and Quincy Streets.

Passaic Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost Jr. turned to Facebook Live to describe what firefighters had been dealing with.

“The humidity is causing the fire and the smoke to stay low. It’s pushing the fire horizontal, across through the cockloft and helping it spread to other buildings,” Trentacost explained. “Visibility it basically zero.”

The cause is still under investigation, but Trentacost said it’s not suspicious.

Six firefighters suffered minor injuries in the blaze that reached six-alarms. They were all treated and released by early Tuesday.

The fire was declared under control at around 3 a.m. Tuesday.