400 Left Homeless After Massive Apartment Fire - Fire Alarms DID NOT Work
Passaic, NJ -- Firefighters battled a massive fire that grew to 8 alarms Wednesday (10.21.15) night.
The massive fire left 400 people homeless. Two firefighters were injured as well. One had burns on his neck. The other firefighter was injured when a ceiling collapsed on him.
The blaze broke out at 9pm and went to multiple alarms. Crews had a difficult time containing the blaze. They conducted a search of the first through fourth floors, but needed to retreat. They went to the fifth floor and continued their attack. By 11pm, over seven ladder trucks were operating.
William James-King and his husband were home when the fire ignited. They escaped, pulling fire alarms along the way. He said that none sounded. Several other residents collaborated his story.
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