Firefighters were called to the Q.J. Green Garden restaurant at 271 Millburn Avenue around 1 p.m. today to investigate reports of heavy smoke pouring from the building’s chimney. Within minutes, smoke began pouring from vents and from under the roof at the rear of the building where the kitchen is located.
As the fire intensified, winds sent clouds of thick, choking smoke across Essex Street and the railroad tracks and a worker from a public utility use the cherry-picker on his truck to reach a nearby utility pole and cut the lines from the transformers to the burning building.
Firefighters directed water onto the rear of the building. When the blaze was being brought under control, firefighters using ladder trucks reached the roof and opened holes to ventilate the building.
Companies from Summit, Union, West Orange, Irvington and Maplewood were seen assisting Millburn battle the fire.
It is not known if anyone was injured during the fire. A rig from the Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad was on the scene.
The restaurant occupied a building familiar to residents as the former site of the International House of Pancakes.
Firefighters are fighting a fire in a restaurant in Hobson St in central Auckland.
Emergency services were alerted about 4.10pm this afternoon, Fire Service northern communications shift manager Paul Radden said.
3 News iWitness Kieran Madden was at the scene and captured the smoke on video.
The restaurant is on the ground floor of a 12-storey apartment building.
“We currently have 16 appliances on the scene and they are containing the fire to the kitchen area,” Mr Radden said.
Mr Radden said initial reports of an explosion were not correct.
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The fire broke out at about 3 a.m. at the Flap Jacks Restaurant in the 100 block of City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd.
Investigators say a paramedic driving by the restaurant spotted the fire and called 911.
When firefighters arrived, they encountered smoke and flames billowing from inside the restaurant. Fire officials say the fire started in the kitchen area and worked its way into the ventilation system.
It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to place the fire under control.
The building sustained significant damage and is temporarily closed.
“As of now, the building’s closed. We have heavy damage in the kitchen area and the business will stay closed until further notice,” Deputy Fire Marshal Jim McCoy said.