A massive fire tears apart a house in Paterson; firefighters also battle extreme cold and gusty wind

PATERSON, N.J. (WABC) — A massive fire engulfed a New Jersey home early Tuesday morning.

The fire broke out at a private home on Lafayette Street near Graham Avenue around 5:45 a.m.

Newscopter 7 was first on the scene when firefighters were seen battling the flames.

The walls and roof of the two-and-a-half-story house were no longer visible as the fire consumed them.

The Paterson Fire Department conducted an exterior attack only on the blaze because it was too dangerous to send firefighters inside the building.

Firefighters were also battling extreme cold with temperatures in the teens and gusty winds.

So far, no injuries have been reported. The fire was still not under control at 6:30 a.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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