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The Latest: Rehabilitation center to be demolished

August 25, 2019

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a fire at a New Jersey rehabilitation center (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Authorities say a New Jersey rehabilitation center will be demolished following a weekend fire that displaced several hundred residents, but caused no reported injuries.

The blaze at Straight & Narrow in Paterson, which serves people battling drug and alcohol addiction, was reported just before 11 a.m. Saturday. Paterson fire officials say part of the building collapsed within 40 minutes and an explosion sent a barrel 300 feet into the air.

Building owner Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Paterson said 50 men transitioning back to society after graduating from drug and alcohol recovery programs lost all of their belongings. Another 200 people were displaced by power interruptions at neighboring buildings. Officials credited St. Joseph’s Hospital with accommodating 17 detox patients.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

12:20 p.m.

Authorities say a fire at a New Jersey rehabilitation center over the weekend displaced several hundred residents, but no injuries were immediately reported.

The blaze at Straight & Narrow in Paterson, which serves people battling drug and alcohol addiction, was reported just before 11 a.m. Saturday.

Paterson fire officials say part of the building collapsed within 40 minutes and an explosion sent a barrel 300 feet into the air.

Officials said more than 300 people were seeking shelter, with the Red Cross and Office of Emergency Management setting up shelters.

Mayor Andre Sayegh said in a Facebook Live video that he was “having flashbacks of Marcal,” referring to the January fire that destroyed the historic paper plant in Elmwood Park.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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