Thick smoke from 5-alarm Paterson blaze can be seen in NJ, NYC [VIDEO]

Kimberly Dole
August 24, 2019 - 2:16 pm

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PATERSON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Firefighters battle a five-alarm fire at a halfway house in Paterson that filled the sky with thick smoke.

Fire officials responded to a large fire that was visible throughout part of New Jersey and New York City.

Officials say the blaze broke out around 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Straight and Narrow Halfway House near 508 Straight Street.

One person tweeted that the black smoke can be seen from nearly 15 miles away.

Approximately 50 people were evacuated Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh said, adding that everyone is OK.

Crews are working to the contain the fire, but Sayegh says other structures are at risk.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

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