CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove police and fire departments responded to a report of a fire at 1:50 p.m. Thursday inside New Kitchen Restaurant on Bowden Road. Upon arrival, officers found fire coming from the roof and evacuated the building.

According to reports, firefighters were able to contain the fire, which began to spread next door into Lucy's Dry Cleaners.  

“Due to the efforts of all the first responders the fire was contained to the restaurant with some extension in the roof area of Lucy Dry Cleaners," said Chief J. Cirasa. "The fire department with the assistance of the adjacent towns made a great stop. There are a number of attached business and this fire could have been far worse. Most importantly, there were no injuries reported."

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The restaurant, dry cleaners, and Bellatair Salon sustained damage and remain closed.  All other businesses in the building reopened without incident.  Bellatair posted a message to patrons on its Facebook page:  

"Thank you all of you for your outpouring of support. Fortunately, Bellatair Salon only sustained smoke and water damage. We are currently in clean up mode and should be ready to reopen by mid-week. We will call you if you currently have an appointment during our down time and reschedule. Please be patient, we will get to each and every one of you."

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but appears to be accidental.

The Montclair, Verona, North Caldwell, Caldwell and Fairfield Fire Departments assisted along with the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad.

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