From the New York Times on January 18, 1991
A fire raged out of control throughout the day yesterday in downtown Paterson, N.J., destroying at least 15 stores and casting a pall of black smoke over the old industrial city of 149,000 people. At 5 P.M., an exhausted Mayor William J. Pascrell Jr. said the fire "is contained but not under control." By late last night the fire still was not completely out. The search for a missing firefighter continued into the night along the block and a half of smoldering ruins.
"We know he went in there, but with collapsing walls and ceilings, we don't know what happened," said Mr. Pascrell. The smoke was so thick, he said, that the