Firefighters saved an entire block of businesses and homes by eventually putting down a destructive downtown blaze Sunday night in Ridgewood.
The five-alarm fire broke out in an apartment upstairs from the Bagelicious shop on North Broad Street shortly after 9 p.m. and quickly spread to the building housing the Mediterraneo restaurant and an office building.
A female resident of an upstairs apartment was rescued through a window and taken to The Valley Hospital with smoke inhalation.
Other residents who live in apartments above both businesses fled before floors collapsed and flames began shooting through the roof. Authorities didn't have an exact number but believed it's between eight and 10 people.
A firefighter was treated for a burn that responders said was considered minor.
At one point, five ladder hoses were in operation during the multi-hour fire.
Firefighters from Allendale, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hackensack, Hawthorne, Ho-Ho-Kus, Mahwah, Midland Park, Paramus and Waldwick assisted at the scene.
Firefighters from Oradell, Saddle Brook, Washington Township and Fair Lawn Rescue stood by at Ridgewood fire headquarters to provide coverage for any other village calls.
PHOTOS BELOW AND TOP: Damien Danis for DAILY VOICE
ALSO SEE: No one was injured when a Ridgewood police car responding to a medical call collided with a sedan early Monday afternoon.
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