PASSAIC, N.J. — The city of Passaic will try to help 400 residents who lost their homes after a fire at 280 Gregory Ave., Mayor Alex D. Blanco announced Thursday.
The mayor posted on Facebook that he and his wife Aurora will reach out to local businesses and non-profit groups to coordinate efforts to help the victims.
People can also help by contacting the mayor’s office in Passaic: (973) 365-5512.
The city is accepting donations by check that will be distributed to the victims, the mayor said. They should be payable to City of Passaic/Fire Victims, 280 Gregory Ave.
An eight-alarm fire burned through the top of a five-story brick apartment building in Passaic Wednesday night.
Two firefighters were reported with minor injuries, authorities said, adding that all residents apparently got out safely. Flames tore through the roof of the Gregory Avenue building at the corner of Broadway after the fire broke out around 9 p.m.
Blanco applauded the work of the responders to the fire.
"This is a time when our entire community in Passaic needs to come together to support the local families displaced by this fire," Blanco stated. "This is a devastating loss, and I am asking for those interested in helping to donate new clothing, canned goods, household appliances and cleaners, furniture and money to assist our displaced families."
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