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Paterson Riverside Station - Photo by Dr. Thomas Dayspring

Friday, June 19, 2009


Ruins of Allied Textile Co. two decades after the fire

The Great Falls Historic District was the scene of two general alarms fires, just weeks apart, in 1983.

On June 24 of that year, Box 176 was transmitted at 3:55 a.m. for the Allied Textile Co. mill at 1 Van Houten St. Ten or more firefighters suffered minor injuries at the blaze.

Weeks earlier, the same box was struck on May 29, 1983 for a factory at 21 Market St. That alarm was received at 4:06 a.m, according to the book ``Taking the Heat,'' a history of the Paterson Fire Department published in 1985.


At least 10 firefighters sustained minor injuries battling a "highly suspicious" four-alarm blaze that destroyed much of the former Allied Textile Co. mill in this city's Great Falls Historic District early yesterday, officials said. The fire was near a former silk mill destroyed by fire three weeks ago. The blaze in the vacant 19th-century factory building was declared under control in the late morning.

- Philadelphia Inquirer, June 25, 1983