March 14, 2014 at 5:03 PM
MILLBURN, NJ – A two-alarm fire at a Q.J. Green Garden restaurant at 271 Millburn Avenue sent smoke billowing from the structure, and firefighters from Millburn and surrounding communities responded and quickly got the blaze under control. The call was reported at 1:01 p.m. on Friday.
“It appears the fire started in the kitchen on the first floor, came through on the second floor, somehow came through the ductwork and a partial collapse of the third floor,” said Battalion Chief Potter. “The main body of fire was knocked down in about a half-hour. We continued to have small pockets of fire until about 2:30.”
All of the restaurant’s employees and patrons were able to exit the restaurant without injury. The cause of the fire is uncertain at this time.
Millburn Avenue and Essex Street were closed to traffic while the fire was battled, causing delays and detours.
Assistance on the scene was received from the fire departments of Irvington, West Orange, Maplewood, Springfield and Summit. Crews from South Orange, Orange and Union watched the Millburn firehouse while local firefighters and equipment were dedicated to extinguishing the fire.
One truck remained on the scene to watch for any residual fire. An investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing.