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PHOTOS: Roaring Blaze Destroys Garfield Apartment Building

Jewell Street, Garfield
Jewell Street, Garfield Photo Credit: Damien Danis for DAILY VOICE

A fast-moving fire destroyed a Garfield apartment building before dawn Thursday.

The general-alarm blaze broke out at the 91 Jewell Street Apartments around 1:30 a.m. and quickly consumed the top floor and roof of the three-story multi-family building.

Garfield police forced their way in and got all residents to safety, Police Capt. Richard Uram said.

One resident was hospitalized with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening. Two police officers were treated for smoke inhalation, Uram said.

The American Red Cross relocated three families and assisted 16 other residents, the captain said. 

A huge chunk of the 91 Street Apartments in Garfield collapsed in the fire.

Joseph Nicastro (FTB Productions)

Part of the building collapsed in the fire, which was declared under control around 3:45 a.m. 

A neighboring building was evacuated as a precaution.

The top floor and roof were quickly engulfed.

James Wood Sr.

Firefighters from Lodi, Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook and Wallington were among the mutual responders.

The Bergen County Sheriff's Office also responded.

City Police Detective Sgt. Everett Garnto Jr. and the Garfield Fire Prevention unit were investigating the cause.

The fire on Jewell Street in Garfield had spread quickly when the call came in.

Damien Danis for DAILY VOICE

Jewell Street, Garfield

Joseph Nicastro (FTB Productions)

91 Jewell Street Apartments, Garfield

Damien Danis for DAILY VOICE

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