NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- It took firefighters about three hours to bring a fire at the Prestige Diner under control.

According to Breaking News Network (BNN) reports, an alarm went out about 6:30 a.m. of a working fire, with reports of “a heavy smoke condition” in the basement of the restaurant. 

At 7:05 a.m. BNN reported firefighers were “on scene with a fire in the basement of a structure, covers going in place.” 

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At 9:31 a.m. BNN reported the fire is under control with the bulk of the fire having been knocked down. “Companies (are) continuing to open up,” according to BNN.

At this point, it is unknown if or when the diner will reopen. 

Jenny Pagano, a regular customer of the diner said, “The town would literally go over with hammers and nails to put it back up. Like ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ He’s kind of our George Bailey.”

The diner, owned by Jimmy and Harry Vardas, recently announced it was offering free pick up or delivery of grocery items, as well as take out food.

More information will be published when it becomes available.