Firefighters in Bergenfield, Dumont, Elmwood Park, Fair Lawn and elsewhere throughout Bergen County battled a series of blazes swept by extreme winds Saturday into Sunday.
A fully involved storefront fire destroyed Foster Stationery -- and damaged businesses on either side -- in the Foster Village shopping center on Washington Avenue in Bergenfield just after 4:30 a.m. Aid came from Dumont, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly.
A Dumont firefighter rescued a cat from beneath a couch as an upstairs blaze Saturday night gutted a home on Merritt Avenue.
A home on Vanore Drive in Fair Lawn sustained damage, as well, in blaze that some believe was caused by a lightning strike.
A fire was also reported overnight at the former Marcal building in Elmwood Park. Then, on Sunday afternoon, flames gutted the rear of an Elmwood Park house . Then, in River Edge, firefighters rescued a trio of baby squirrels after a huge tree limb hit a rear deck.
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