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Fire Consumes Bergen Home

66 Clinton Street, Emerson
66 Clinton Street, Emerson Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE photos

A fast-moving fire destroyed an Emerson multi-family home before dawn Monday.

“All residents, firefighters and police are safe,” Mayor Danielle DiPaola said after the three-alarm Clinton Street blaze was finally declared under control just before 6:30 a.m.

The house was a total loss, however. It was being razed Monday morning.

Three families were living in what had originally been a single-family home and was converted into three units.

A total of 13 people reportedly were living there, although responders said they believe there may have been more.

Flames quickly engulfed the Emerson home.

Kim Salazar for DAILY VOICE

The blaze began when a car caught fire in the driveway and the flames spread to the house shortly before 4 a.m., responders said.

Mutual aid responders from Hillsdale, Oradell, Paramus and Westwood assisted.

Assistance for 13 people displaced by the fire was being arranged, DiPaola said. PSE&G was on site disconnecting gas service.

66 Clinton St., Emerson

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