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2 Firefighters Hurt, Hundreds Displaced in NJ Blaze

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    2 Firefighters Hurt in Large Building Fire in Passaic, New Jersey

    As many as 400 people had to scramble to safety and two firefighters were injured during a massive fire in a residential building in Passaic, New Jersey Wednesday evening, authorities say. (Published Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015)

    As many as 400 people had to scramble to safety and two firefighters were injured during a raging eight-alarm fire in a residential building in Passaic, New Jersey, Wednesday, authorities said. 

    It's not clear what sparked the blaze at on Gregory Avenue.  Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco said the building had 60 units. 

    Photos posted to social media showed large flames shooting through the roof of the five-story building, with thick smoke billowing into the air. Ladder units were on the scene, dousing the flames from above.

    One resident said she was saved by her neighbors' screams.

    "The smoke alarm didn't sound," Giselle Perez said. "I lost everything, but not my life, so I'm blessed."

    The fire, which started around 9 p.m. Wednesday, wasn't extinguished until around 4 a.m. Thursday.

    Most of the roof collapsed and firefighters received assistance from 10 neighboring fire departments.

    One firefighter was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, and another firefighter was also injured, according to the fire department. Their conditions weren't immediately clear.

    Blanco said the Red Cross was assisting. Fundraising events were expected over the next several days to support the displaced families, he said.