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Blaze Rips Through Fair Lawn Restaurant

By Damien Danis, Correspondent | August 18, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 081920101

A predawn blaze tore through a Fair Lawn restaurant on the morning of August 18, 2020. The two-alarm fire broke out on the ground floor of the Davia Restaurant and extended to the roof. A driver passing by reported smoke coming from the restaurant at about 4:45 A.M.

As companies were responding, arriving chiefs observed heavy smoke issuing from the building. A re-tone of the alarm was made confirming a working fire. First due companies began to force entry and stretch lines were met with high heat and heavy smoke. A second alarm was struck bringing a FAST team from Saddle Brook to the scene and cover units.

The fire began ro run the walls and made its way to the roof area where it eventually vented out the roof. An additional ladder truck was called to the scene from Glen Rock to set up in the rear of the building to assist. The main body of fire was was knocked down in about an hour.

The fire was declared under control about 90 minutes later by Chief of Dept. Solkov. A cause was not immediately determined and no injuries were reported. The interior of the restaurant was heavily damaged. The fire was held to the restaurant with no extension to any of the exposures. Mutual aid companies from Paramus, Elmwood Park and Hawthorne covered at the Plaza Road Firehouse.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.