Another Massive Blaze Rages in NJ

Fire that consumed Rahway condo complex a day earlier deemed suspicious

Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011  |  Updated 8:06 AM EDT
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A three-alarm fire consumed multiple buildings in Paterson, N.J., a day after another massive blaze destroyed a condo complex two counties away.

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Firefighters are battling a fast-moving fire in Paterson, N.J., -- just roughly 24 hours after they were forced to let a massive blaze burn itself out at a condominium complex two counties away.

Authorities said the three-alarm fire consumed at least four buildings in the Passaic County city, but it wasn't immediately clear whether they were commercial or residential.

The blaze broke out around 6:20 a.m. Wednesday and smoke could be seen from miles away. No injuries were reported as of 7:30 a.m., but officials said they were searching for at least one person amid the flames.

Officials had to ask all firefighters to evacuate at least one of the buildings on fire because of safety concerns. Crews were forced to the blaze from outside the structure, authorities said.

No further details were immediately available.

Meanwhile, the four-alarm blaze that destroyed a condo complex under construction in Rahway, N.J., Tuesday morning has been deemed suspicious, officials said.

The three-story tower was unoccupied at the time of the blaze; no injuries to firefighters were reported.

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