Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Ridgewood Pizza Parlor

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Ridgewood Pizza Parlor

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RIDGEWOOD -- A fierce fire swept through a popular pizza parlor Sunday afternoon, but a swift response by firefighters, aided by crews from other towns, managed to dampen the blaze before it spread to neighboring businesses, authorities said.

The restaurant, La Bella Pizza, was a total loss, Fire Capt. Greg Hillerman said. Luckily, he added, the business was closed for the day, and there were no injuries.

People in the area reported seeing heavy smoke coming from the pizza parlor at 104 N. Maple Ave., in the Kings Shopping Center, Hillerman said.

"We got the first report at 1:47 p.m., and two minutes and 31 seconds later, we were on the scene," he said. "The entire structure was heavily involved by the time we got there."

At first, said Hillerman, "we thought it might be a case of arson because it's unusual to see a fire take hold so quickly in the middle of the day. …

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