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.
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.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.