PASSAIC, N.J. -- Three firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and more than 80 residents were displaced after a five-alarm fire ravaged a Passaic food warehouse late Tuesday into Wednesday, authorities said.
Firefighters continued to douse pockets Wednesday morning from a blaze that took several hours to knock down after it ignited in the single-story First Street building just after 10 p.m. Flames quickly burst through the rear of the squat structure spreading to the homes of nearly three dozen nearby families on Market Street.
Mayor Hector Lora urged those displaced by the fire to seek shelter at City Hall.
Some or possibly all may be able to eventually return -- possibly as late as next week -- but first the warehouse will have to be torn down, authorities said.
Firefighters from various companies in Passaic and Bergen counties responded.
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