Black Smoke From 5-Alarm NJ Fire Visible For Miles [VIDEO]

Kimberly Dole
August 24, 2019 - 2:40 pm
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PATERSON, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Fire officials were called to battle a fire at the Straight and Narrow Halfway House in Paterson, New Jersey on Saturday. 

The blaze broke out at approximately 11a.m. and by noon, it had become a five-alarm fire, filling the air with thick, black smoke that could be seen for miles in parts of Jersey and New York City. 

Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh praised the fired department and said that all building occupants had been evacuated from the halfway house.

Sayegh said the fire will likely take the entire day to extinguish, and a propane tank inside the building could explode.

So far no injuries have been reported.

Sayegh says as firefighters attempt to contain the blaze, he is confident other buildings will not be affected.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.