Massive fire decimated drug, alcohol rehabilitation facility in New Jersey.

26 days ago

Paterson news, New Jersey news.

A major fire decimated a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in New Jersey on Saturday morning - sending plumes of smoke into the air as it burned.

The five-alarm fire broke out at Straight and Narrow facility on Straight Street in Paterson, according to Catholic Charities, which operates the center.

Bishop James Maloney, Vicar General of the Diocese of Paterson, said the majority of the locals had collapsed. All that remained were steel supports and rubble.

The destruction, he said, was a huge loss, as the center counsels thousands of people every year.

"It's one of New Jersey's largest drug and alcohol counseling centers," said Maloney.

Everyone was evacuated and the damage was fortunately controlled, said Mayor André Sayegh in a video posted on Facebook.