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Dozens Left Homeless by Apartment Fire in New Jersey: Officials

Two residents were injured in the blaze

Two people were injured and dozens left homeless Sunday night by a fire that tore through a New Jersey apartment building.

The fire started at about 7:30 p.m. at the Carroll Street Apartments in Paterson. More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze and had it contained in about two hours.

Paterson Fire Chief Michael Postorino estimated that 10 to 20 apartments were damaged by the fire, according to The Record newspaper.

Two people were taken to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, he said. Information about their conditions was unavailable.

A Red Cross Disaster Action Team was at the apartment complex to assist at least 11 families find temporary housing, said Diane Concannon, a spokesperson for the organization.

The fire probably started in an apartment and quickly spread to the attic-like space below the building's roof, the chief said.

The affordable-housing complex includes ten buildings. The fire was restricted to one building, which has 16 units.

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