- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - Six firefighters were injured and more than 30 residents were displaced when two house fires broke out in nearby areas of a northern New Jersey town.

Paterson authorities say the first fire broke out around 1 p.m. Wednesday on Godwin Avenue. The blaze apparently started in one house and soon spread to four others.

While crews were battling that fire, a blaze involving three abandoned homes was reported on Rosa Parks Avenue.

It did not appear that the fires were linked, but an investigation is ongoing.

Four firefighters were treated for minor smoke and heat-related injuries. Another suffered a minor knee injury, while the other was treated for a contusion.

No residents were injured in the fires. The displaced residents were receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

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